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Top 10 Celebrity Meltdowns of 2013

These top 10 celebrity meltdowns of 2013 have more than one thing in common. Besides involving the highly public lives of celebrities, these incidents, in one way or another involve alcohol or other drugs. So, the lesson here kids is: Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Lamar Odom

In July, the basketball player was photographed during a public tantrum that involved him destroying a paparazzo’s camera equipment and using said equipment to damage the poor dude’s car. Odom’s drug use has been a topic of discussion lately; reportedly struggling with crack and alcohol. In fact, in August of this year, Odom was arrested for driving under the influence and later pleaded no contest to the charge and accepted a sentence of three years’ probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment. Odom has revealed that his estranged father, Joe, is a heroin addict. Sources:,  

Justin Bieber

March and April marked a string of public breakdowns for the Bieb: late concert appearances, an on-stage fainting spell, tour cancellations, a failed attempt to bring his capuchin monkey across the German customs border, and a shirtless hospital stay. He later sobbed and lashed out at paparazzi in London. After being seen topless at a Polish airport, he was back in the US and accused of spitting on and threatening the life of one of his neighbors. A search of Bieber’s tour bus in Sweden also allegedly uncovered marijuana and a Taser. Source:  


Top 10 Celebrity Meltdowns of 2013

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Gucci Mane 

After a seemingly random and semi-coherent Twitter tirade launched against Drake, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, T.I., Frenchie, 808 Mafia, Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka, Atlantic Records and so many others, as well as Tweets that boasted of threesomes with Nicki Minaj, Tyga‘s girlfriend Blac Chyna, and affairs with Ciara, Monica and Taraji P. Henson, Mane released a song entitled “Stealing,” that featured more slams leveled at T.I., Young Jeezy, and Yo Gotti, the very next day. He claimed, soon after that his Twitter had been hacked by his former manager, and before long his entire account was deactivated. Whatever the actual reason, he apologized to fans and admitted that he was seeking treatment for an addiction to cough syrup. Source:  

Top 10 Celebrity Meltdowns of 2013

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Reese Witherspoon

Even America’s sweetheart wasn’t safe from a public meltdown this year. When her husband, Jim Toth was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving outside Atlanta last April, Witherspoon tried to pull the celebrity card when she forced herself into the police officer’s cruiser, and screamed “Do you know who I am?” in his face. The outburst earned Reese an arrest of her own for disorderly conduct and obstruction, and both husband and wife were carted off to jail. Source:  

Top 10 Celebrity Meltdowns of 2013

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Jason London

A drunk Jason London (Dazed and Confused, Mallrats) punched a bouncer, directed a homophobic slur at police officers responding to the brawl and pooped his pants in a cop car following his arrest. “Guess what f—–? I f—ing love this. I f—ing own you guys so hard. I’m rich and I’m a motherf—ing famous actor! F—ing look me up, bitch,” TMZ claims London told the police before soiling himself. Source:  

Paula Deen

Deen was accused of discrimination by a former employee, and over the course of the court proceedings she admitted to using racial slurs. The fallout was massive, and Deen was dropped by The Food Network in June. After posting a series of truly bizarre “apology” videos on YouTube, things got weirder when she appeared on The Today Show on June 26th. Deen never uttered the words “I’m sorry” during her interview with Matt Lauer, but she did say “Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” “I is what I is,” and “There’s a couple of kinds of people that I don’t like, that I am prejudiced against, Matt — and that’s thieves and liars.” Weird. Source:  

Chris Brown

In January he fought with Frank Ocean over a parking space outside of a L.A. recording studio. It was a he said/he said situation, with both sides claiming the other swung first. Parking lots proved just as unlucky in March, when Brown reportedly exploded over a $10 valet fee. Apparently he was pissed because he had only been at the venue for 30 minutes and didn’t feel like he had to pay the full parking amount. Most recently, Brown was arrested for felony assault outside Washington D.C.’s W Hotel in late October. Apparently a man jumped into a photo Brown was taking with two women, and either Brown  r his body guard, depending on the story, broke the man’s nose. Who threw the punch is up for debate, but Brown spent 36 hours in jail and was hurriedly sent to rehab for anger management. Source:  

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice

In July, this Real Housewives of New Jersey couple were slapped with a 39-count indictment that included conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on loan applications. The couple pleaded not guilty but, they were indicted on two more counts in November. If convicted, they could face more than 50 years behind bars. Source:  

Nick Stahl

Back in late June and about one year after he checked into rehab, Stahl was busted for alleged drug possession. In the weeks prior to his arrest, the Terminator 3 star was placed on a 5150 hold following an undisclosed incident. Source:

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Opinion: Does Court-Ordered Drug Treatment Work?

court ordered drug treatmentIt has been a long held belief that addicts and alcoholics must want to get sober in order to get sober. Or that they can’t be forced into sobriety. I can definitely see why this belief exists because many addicts and alcoholics won’t get sober until they are ready and willing to do it for themselves. But this isn’t always the case. And often times addicts and alcoholics don’t know their drug use and drinking has put them on death’s front door until it is too late. That is why court-ordered drug treatment is available.

But does court ordered drug treatment work?

Often times, yes it does. Unfortunately getting exact numbers on how court ordered drug treatment fares in comparison to a regular treatment center is difficult. This is because even the numbers for people who choose to go to drug treatment are skewed by relapse and what the definition of success in sobriety even is. Often times relapse is part of the process and it takes an individual a few times through treatment before it sticks. Once it sticks though, does that mean that the individual wasn’t successful due to the relapses? Whatever the case may be it is probably smart to assume that while the numbers or success rate for court ordered drug treatment may not be as high it is still just almost just as effective as any other drug treatment program. And that’s because even the success rates of the best drug treatment centers aren’t very high.

The opinion

I believe that court ordered drug treatment serves an important purpose in the lives of many addicts and alcoholics, as well as their families. I myself was court ordered to a detox center and it worked for me. I took the next step into drug treatment afterwards. I think often times addicts and alcoholics don’t want drug treatment simply because they are comfortable getting high. I feel, if they got the chance though to see what sobriety could be like and that they didn’t have to do that anymore they might feel differently about using and drinking. Alcoholics and addicts don’t have the foresight, because of their disease, to realize how drug treatment could help them until after they have completed drug treatment. This was exactly my story. I did not want to go to detox, when I was in detox I was much more receptive once my head started to clear, and now after the fact I thank God often that I was involuntarily sent there because I probably would have never gotten help if I hadn’t been. All in all, addicts and alcoholics don’t have to want to get sober to stay sober. I am living proof of that. Sometimes addicts and alcoholics don’t know what they need and when they get it, they are glad they did.

Court ordered drug treatment can work. And the reason it doesn’t for some is because of many different factors not just that the addict and alcoholic doesn’t want it. For instance, a judge is setting the amount of time that an addict or alcoholic has to be in treatment and a judge is not a doctor. The judge may require much too short of mandatory stay than is necessary. If the addict or alcoholic stayed longer they might be more successful but often times after only a short period of time, in court ordered drug treatment or not, the addict or alcoholic thinks they are well again and they are not.

Either way court ordered drug treatment saves lives and while it may or may not have high rates of people staying sober for the rest of their lives, most treatment centers don’t.

If you or your loved one is in need of drug treatment please don’t hesitate to call us at toll-free: 1-800-951-6135

What is a 5150 hold?

What is a 5150 hold

CALIFORNIA WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE, SECTION 5150, second paragraph, “… an application in writing stating the circumstances under which the person’s condition was called to the attention of the officer, member of the attending staff, or professional person, and stating that the officer, member of the attending staff, or professional person has probable cause to believe that the person is, as a result of mental disorder, a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled.”

What is a 5150 hold?

Section 5150, is a section in the California Welfare and Institutions Code which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily (against their will) confine a person who is deemed to have a mental disorder that makes him or her a danger to themselves or others. A 5150 hold is very similar to a Baker Act but in the state of California.

When section 5150 states a “qualified officer” what they mean is any California peace officer. As for the “clinician”, section 5150 means any designated county clinician. This means that either of these two can request the confinement of an individual after signing a written declaration.

Just like when someone on the east coast is Baker “acted”, someone can also be 5150’ed. In fact when 5150 is used as a term it is pronounced (fifty-one-fifty) it can informally refer to the person who is being confined or the act or declaration itself.

The details of a 5150 hold

The 5150 hold allows someone to be held up to 72 hours against their will. Once a request for a 5150 is filled out by a qualified officer or clinician there is no guarantee that the individual for whom the 5150 is being requested has to stay. The admission of a request just gets the person in the door of the facility they may or may not be staying at for at least 72 hours. After being admitted to the facility the individual will be assessed by the staff there who will decided and determine whether or not a 5150 is appropriate. This is a pre-assessment and just keeps the person there until they can see a mental health professional.

If the staff at the facility find that a 5150 is appropriate, then during the period of confinement, the confined person will be evaluated by a mental health professional also to determine if they should be admitted into a psychiatric unit. If it is found that the individual should be admitted then only the mental health professional (psychiatrist) can remove the 5150 hold. If the 5150 hold didn’t get removed than after the 72 hours are up the psychiatrist will assess the person again and might offer a choice to be voluntarily admitted. If they refuse then another hold for up to two weeks must be requested.  At this point the individual will step in front of a judge or hearing officer to see if probably cause exists to support the now 5250.

A 5150 is not supposed to be used to hold a person who has been reported by anyone other than a qualified officer or clinician. But the 5150 does allow a police officer to detain a subject when the officer has observed some of the symptoms that would qualify them to request a 5150.

A 5150 can also be used to hold a person who is severely inebriated in the “drunk” tank. The person can be released when they are sober.

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