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Does Rehab Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry? Chris Brown and other Badly Behaved Celebs

Chris Brown is one of the most recent cases of celebrity-goes-to-rehab-to-avoid-jail-time. But before Chris, there was the unforgettable tale of woe that is Lindsay Lohan’s life. Back and forth, between, jail, rehab, and being left to her own devices, I honestly can’t tell you all of the details. I only know that the latest development resulted in LiLo, as she has come to be called by gossip magazines, going back to a rehab facility in lieu of jail time. This has people once again abuzz about ‘celebrity justice.’

“Celebrity Justice”

So, does going to rehab mean a “get out of jail free” card for celebrities who get pinched for their antics? The theory behind the term, celebrity justice,’ is that a celebrity can seemingly commit a crime and avoid prison while the average person can commit the same crime and find themselves behind bars. I don’t know if that theory holds water but, it certainly seems to have some credibility. Lots of celebrities seem to be able to avoid going to jail but on the other hand, my impression of the penal and judicial system is that they are fond of making examples of people, too. Therefore, someone with a high-profile (read: celebrity) is the perfect type of person to make an example of. This is because the celebrity is already well-known to the public and more than likely has some sort of fan base.

Rehab vs. Jail

There are a lot of factors at play anytime someone steps before a judge. If overcrowding is an issue, as it is in many prisons across the United States, a judge is far less likely to sentence someone to prison for a non-violent crime. If the accused doesn’t have a criminal record, jail is also unlikely for a non-violent crime. The person’s attitude in court can also play a role. Finally, if the crime is obviously substance abuse related in some way, judges will proscribe rehab over jail or prison in hopes of solving the underlying problem. Is that the case for all of the celebrities who avoided jail by going to rehab? Of course not; for every example of a celebrity who should have gotten more than a slap on the wrist or a fine, there is an example of a celebrity who went to jail. In truth, there are lots of celebrities who have gone to jail.

Chris Brown Chooses Rehab

Chris Brown’s arrest Sunday in Washington for allegedly punching a man in front of the W Hotel resulted in a self-imposed stint in a California treatment facility.  His lawyer, Mark Geragos, said rehab was not an admission of guilt, but that Brown may have been sobered by his unexpected stay in a D.C. holding cell.

Chris Brown entered a rehab facility for anger management issues presumably to deal with his temper problems and to avoid a possible prison sentence. The rehab move could also show a measure of good faith and contrition on Brown’s part.

The L.A. County probation department is investigating in order to determine if Brown violated his probation in the Rihanna case by getting arrested in D.C. over the weekend. There’s a likelihood that the Probation Department will determine that Brown violated his probation, and a judge could sentence him to as much as 4 years in prison.

Geragos told the Daily News. “People have realizations at various times. Maybe sitting in a jail cell for 36 hours for something you didn’t do is enough to rock you a bit.” The lawyer said he talked to Brown Tuesday and that he wanted “to take some time and do a little introspection and understand everything that’s going on around [him].”

Whether this impresses judges in D.C. and L.A. is unclear — but we’ll find out in his court dates next month.


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Drug Treatment in Monmouth County

drug treatment in Monmouth County

If you have been using drugs and/or alcohol and find that you want to stop but just can’t seem to do it on your own, then a detox program at centers for drug treatment in Monmouth County can help you. Quitting drugs by yourself isn’t a good idea and may even be really risky. Not only that, trying to quit while you are in the same environment that you are used to using in, such as your home, is such a major obstacle to stopping successfully.  When things get tough, it’s easy enough to get your drug of choice. And being home, you are in the same stressful environment that kept you wanting to get high or drunk.

Going to drug treatment in Monmouth County can remove these two obstacles from your path to getting off drugs and alcohol successfully.

Drug Treatment in Monmouth County: Detox

The first step to drug treatment in Monmouth County is detox, which offer a safe and secure program for getting off drugs and alcohol. Although medical in nature, the facilities are comfortable, personable, and serene. Again, this is ideal because detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be a scary and uncomfortable endeavor. Your medical detox can last from 4 to 10 days, sometimes longer depending on your progress.

Drug Treatment in Monmouth County: Rehab

After detox, comes the rest of the program for drug alcohol rehab, also known as residential inpatient treatment. Called “rehab” for short, lasts up to 30 days and consists of staying in a safe and comfortable residential environment where all of your needs will be met: comfort, nutrition, case management, and medical. You will attend groups – meetings where you will learn about substance abuse and tools to use once you complete the program so that you don’t go down the same path again. You will also have the benefit of group and individual therapy sessions where you can address any secondary, or co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Drug Treatment in Monmouth County: Intensive Outpatient Program

After completing inpatient treatment in Monmouth County, you will have the option to continue treatment, but at a less-intensive level and with more personal freedom afforded to you. This level of treatment is known as the intensive outpatient program, or IOP. At this stage, you can either move into your own place (or back home) or into a halfway house or sober living community while you attend groups during the day – where you will also attend group and one-on-one therapy sessions. This is a stepping stone to re-joining society after completing a program of drug treatment in Monmouth County.

While in IOP, you will meet with your therapist to work on your aftercare plan. This is a plan-of-action that will be individually tailored to meet your needs and will support you in your recovery program once you graduate drug treatment in Monmouth County. Your aftercare plan might include referrals to doctors as well as a therapist in order to continue to address your medical, emotional, and behavioral issues. There will also be information about and phone numbers for support groups, meetings, as well as people, known as sober supports, in your area.

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The Dickens Process

The Dickens Process

The Dickens Process: What is It?

You have probably heard of the motivational speaker Anthony “Tony” Robbins. He is also known as a life coach and author of self-help books, such as Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.

In his Unleash The Power Within seminar, Tony Robbins employs a life-changing experience, or technique, known as “The Dickens Process.” He is recognized for popularizing this process of transformation.

Why is It Called The Dickens Process?

The process is based on Charles Dickens’ popular story A Christmas Carol, in which the iconic miser Scrooge, experiences three ghosts on Christmas morning and is shown his past, present, and projected future of what his life will be like if he keeps up his selfish and heartless ways. This causes so much pain for Scrooge that it changes his life forever, and affecting everyone around him, in a positive way.

The Dickens Process uses some simple yet amazing technology from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other sciences. NLP is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy whose creators claim that there is a significant connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.

The Dickens Process is not designed to simply consciously think your way into changing, because this never works. This process operates on a subconscious and emotional level.

Motivational speakers, such as Tony Robbins, guides the audience through The Dickens Process, during which audience members are told to visualize their future, as it would be if they continue on the path they currently (figuratively) tread and therefore, not having achieved what they wanted to in their lives. The facilitator emphasizes the failure and regret and then brings the audience members back to the present-day. The whole exercise is designed as a very powerful process to give people the leverage required in order to finally take action.

The Dickens Process: My Experience

I didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of the Dickens Process beforehand. However, I have recently been involved with transformational work and trainings so I am very open to this sort of thing. Perhaps it was helpful not to know about the Dickens Process and so as not to have any preconceived notions, expectations, or biases.

Our facilitator, Dug McGuirk, comes from a very impressive background. He was the Senior Performance Strategist for Tony Robbins and is a Master Trainer of NLP. While working with Tony Robbins, Dug facilitated trainings that he brought into successful companies whose top people saw the benefits of participating in and having their employees participate in transformational processes such as The Dickens Process.

My experience was very powerful and profound. After the process, I felt lighter, both figuratively and literally. I could breathe easily and felt as though a weight had been lifted. I also experienced a greater clarity and sense of urgency that ‘life is now’ and thought, “what am I waiting for?” I was ready to begin taking committed action towards the things I have been wanting to achieve.


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Rich Kid Rehab: Drug Use in Privileged Young Adults

Rich Kid Rehab: Drug Use in Privileged Young Adults

Addiction has been defined in several different ways and the latest one is that it is a medical condition which is chronic, progressive, relapsing disorder. This is known as the brain disease model of addiction. It asserts that addiction is not merely the result of environmental, or the “nurture” aspect in the nature vs. nurture debate; it is also part of one’s nature: there is something different about their brain that contributes to their becoming an addict at some point in their lifetime.

The brain disease model also recognizes that addiction can affect people across socioeconomic, cultural, religious, gender, age, and ethnic lines. That is, the face of addiction is not the long-prevailing image of a homeless, middle-aged white man with a bottle in a brown paper bag. Addicts are from all walks of life: they are young and old; white, black, Latino, Asian; man or woman; poor, middle-class, and even wealthy.

So, with that said, there is growing awareness of drug use in privileged young adults. These kids have never been for want when it comes to having their basic needs met and beyond – they are certainly used to having ‘the nicer things in life.’ However, they may often experience a different type of neglect: emotional neglect.

“Many successful parents have invested more time in their businesses than in their children,” says the Executive Director of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), M. L. “Andy” Anderson. “We’ve all gone a little nuts in the past decade with the mirage of fabulous wealth adds Carol Kauffman, who teaches clinical psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Children can know how important they are to their family, but if it isn’t backed up with consistency of presence, they can feel valued and dismissed, indulged yet deprived.”

Outsourcing the problem kids of the wealthy is a booming business. Each year 10,000 kids attend residential programs to get off drugs and deal with emotional and psychological problems. “Fixing” these kids is a $2 billion-a-year industry in the private sector, which has attracted such firms such as Warburg Pincus. Some 115 such programs are listed by NATSAP – a big trade group; add nonmembers, and some 300 private programs treat kids. This is up tenfold since 1993.

In the past, many well-to-do parents of “problematic” children packed them up and shipped them off to strict boarding schools and even military academies. Now, a growing trend is, rather than sending their kids off to boot-camp-style punishment programs, affluent families are choosing to send their kids to programs whose approach is more the practice of emotional CPR. Privileged youth build self-esteem and learn responsibility in rock-climbing, ropes courses and group therapy. The wealthy parents, meanwhile back home are writing fat checks. In one instance, a rich dad paid $17,000 for one such program and then $5,000 a month in tuition for 30 months. A full course can run $200,000–almost twice the cost of a Harvard degree.


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Drug Treatment in Bergen County, NJ

Drug Treatment in Bergen County NJ

What is the Purpose of Drug Treatment in Bergen County?

Drug treatment in Bergen County is a specific program tailor-made to help people like you, who have become physically dependent on drugs and alcohol. Physical dependence and substance abuse are known medical conditions for which there is treatment. Drug treatment in Bergen County specializes both in the medical detox and rehabilitation processes and these will help you to heal your body and mind and get back to living life without the daily need for substances.

Drug Treatment in Bergen County: Detox

A medical drug detox is necessary if you are physically dependent on alcohol, benzos, or barbiturates. This is because the withdrawal syndrome from any of these substances can prove fatal. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome are similar in the types of symptoms they cause: mild symptoms include insomnia and anxiety and severe symptoms include convulsions, seizure, cardiac arrest, coma, and death.

Although the withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening if you are physically dependent on opiates such as heroin, oxycodone, methadone, or other painkillers, you should consider getting help from programs for drug treatment in Bergen County. This is because the withdrawal syndrome from these substances is quite uncomfortable and even unbearable; many people resort to using drugs again just to make the pain stop. Detox programs in Bergen County can alleviate the severity of your opiate withdrawals.

If you have been using amphetamines, such as cocaine or crack, and methamphetamine, such as crystal meth, the physical withdrawal symptoms are mostly fatigue and sleepiness. The psychological symptoms however, are much more disturbing and include paranoia, anxiety and hallucinations. These can be quite extreme in nature and the medical detox portion of drug treatment in Bergen County is equipped with treating these so that you are kept comfortable and stable with the use of certain medications.

Drug Treatment in Bergen County: Inpatient Care

Drug treatment in Bergen County involves a phase called inpatient rehab or simply ‘residential,’ which is a medical facility that provides comfort and safe-haven from your daily life – the one where you couldn’t get by without the use of substances. The staff at the inpatient facility for drug treatment in Bergen County will monitor your progress and treat you with any medications that may be necessary for both the detox process as well as for any other co-occurring, or dual diagnosis, conditions. These may include physical medical needs as well as mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma – which are quite common to people who find themselves dependent on drugs and alcohol.

Throughout the time you will spend in inpatient treatment in Bergen County, you will be attending group meetings, or “groups” that will educate you on how physical dependence and substance abuse occurs as well as on tools you can use so you can avoid becoming drug dependent or alcohol dependent once you complete the program. You will also have regularly scheduled group and individual therapy sessions with a specialized therapist who can help you work on any of your co-occurring issues so that you have a better chance at health and happiness once you finish your inpatient program.

Typically, you will complete your drug treatment in Bergen County after 30 days during which you will have all of your needs provided for. You will have well-balanced, delicious meals provided – because nutrition is generally lacking for those who have been abusing substances and because this will promote your health and well-being in your early recovery.


If you or a loved one is seeking drug treatment in Bergen County for substance abuse or addiction please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

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