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Actress Jennifer Gimenez Shares Inspiring Story of Recovery

Dug McGuirk interviewing Jennifer Gimenez as part of Palm Partner’s new “The Real Deal On…” series.

Author: Shernide Delva

Jennifer Gimenez is a successful model, actress and reality television personality who has had a successful career in Hollywood. She’s appeared in major films like Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, along with TV shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful.  She’s also made regular appearances on the Bravo reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

However, Gimenez’s proudest achievement is overcoming a tumultuous battle with substance abuse. She now has over 11 years sober and shares her story of recovery across the country.  Gimenez has appeared in a variety of addiction-based reality television shows such as Sober House and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Gimenez opened up about her inspiring story of recovery with VP of Training and Development, Dug McGuirk as part of our new The Real Deal On… series. We wanted to share just a few of the powerful moments Gimenez shared in the interview.

Please stay tuned for the professionally edited interview set for release in the upcoming weeks!

On Her Most Profound Moments:

When Gimenez discussed her more profound moments in sobriety, she reflected on her first year sober.  She remembers going to Argentina to visit her grandmother in the hospital before she passed. It was summer in Argentina, and excruciatingly hot. Gimenez remembers walking on dirt roads experiencing the intense feeling of heat for the first time.

I started screaming, ‘I’m hot! I’m hot!’  Everyone‘s like looking at me like I was crazy.  I realized at that moment I was feeling, I was feeling heat.  […] Then I realized it was January 15th, a year later after I got sober this time around. From being in the psych ward and trying to kill myself and all that stuff, to being there, it was like mind-blowing that I actually felt and that my life got a little bit better. That was a big major turning point for me and I felt like I came out of a coma. I went ‘Holy Shit, I am alive. I’m really alive. I’m really here.” Every year, I feel like there’s always so many other moments, but that one was my first.

Gimenez’s realized a major part of early sobriety is re-learning what it means to feel.

As addicts and alcoholics, and especially in recovery and early recovery, I feel like we don’t know how to feel. We don’t know it’s okay to feel hot and uncomfortable.

On Healing Through Writing:

Gimenez says one of the best tools she discovered in sobriety was learning how to write to express her emotions.

I had to write every single day in my early recovery, and I always go back to that.

At first, the task of writing every day in treatment was far from easy.

I’d be like [writing] ‘fuck, fuck fuck”… for three pages, ‘fuck’ And then like, I think maybe like a week later, it was like ‘I feel like shit.’ Then, you start to feel like there’s something very powerful from your brain to your arm to your hand, hand to pen; pen to paper… the truth comes out.

Eventually, the writings started to express how she really felt inside:

I’d wake up, and I’m like ‘I really miss my dad today… like why’d he have to go. Why am having to struggle today? I’m so over going to meetings or whatever it is that I was feeling.’

Gimenez says understanding her emotions helped her understand herself.  While she has bins of writings from those early days in recovery, she has not looked back in a long time. Instead, she reflects most on a list she made when she was determining what she wanted to be in life.

At two and a half years sober, I had to figure out what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. […] I wrote 85 things, and I still have those in my nightstand. That’s really cool to look at. I like looking at it once a year to see what’s come true.

On Accepting Self- Care-

One of the areas Gimenez says she has struggled with tremendously was wanting perfectionism. She discussed how, ultimately, that desire held her back the most. She remembers a conversation with her sponsor when she realized the idea of perfection was unobtainable:

“My sponsor would be like, ‘Can you define perfect in this scenario’ in whatever conversation we were talking about, and I couldn’t define it. There is no perfection,” she said.

“My sponsor always says, ‘Why don’t’ you try to be more of a human being, then a human doer. I am a doer. I don’t want to be that,” she admitted.

Instead, Gimenez now focuses on breathing, living in the moment, and accepting herself as God intended her to be.

“I was born to be okay and being okay is perfect,” she said.

Eventually, Gimenez learned to accept herself and celebrate all aspects of the person she is intended to be. Her story has inspired many in recovery and those struggling with their addiction.

I don’t want to be here to judge people. I want to be here to love people and celebrate people.  I think it’s so important because I know that I am in recovery. […] I also know that I am an arm length away from my next drink or drug if I choose that. Today, I choose life.  I choose to live. I choose to turn my will over. I choose to be in recovery. I choose to try to be my best self and with that being said, I also, through trial and error, am going to figure out who that best self is.

Throughout the interview, Gimenez discussed important subjects such as:

  • Learning self-love
  • Doing the work in recovery
  • Accepting Cliches (Hint: they’re true!)
  • Processing childhood trauma
  • Coping with grief
  • Why ignorance is pain
  • Feeling “the feather” vs. “the truck”
  • Staying motivated in long-term sobriety
  • Listening to the inner voice
  • Addressing the current opioid epidemic

Stay tuned for the full edited interview in the upcoming weeks! Jennifer Gimenez story is incredibly inspiring and proves that recovery is a possibility for anyone. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free. You are not alone.

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Gucci Mane Reflects on PTSD and Past Drug Addiction Struggles

Gucci Mane Reflects on PTSD and Past Drug Addiction Struggles

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 Author: Shernide Delva

Rapper Gucci Mane recently opened up about his struggles with mental health. He discussed his past drug use and decision to get sober in a new interview with ESPN’s Highly Confidential. The 36-year-old also talked about his experience developing PTSD after he was robbed by assailants in 2005.

The rapper, born Radric Davis, said his involvement in the 2005 murder of Henry Lee Clark led to him developing PTSD. Gucci Mane maintains that he did shoot the man, but says it was pure self-defense. The murder charges against him were eventually dropped. The stress of that incident along with the pressure of his music career exacerbated his mental health issues, he admits.

Guilty On Federal Gun Possession Charge

Although Gucci was found not guilty regarding the 2005 murder case, eventually he would find himself behind bars. Eight years later, Gucci was caught with possession of an illegal fire arm.

In December 2013, Gucci faced a possibility of 20 years behind bars. He was charged with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. He opened up about his anxiety and paranoia that manifested during this time.

“I felt like I was gonna kill somebody, for trying to kill me,” said Gucci. “I was never afraid. I just kinda, in my mind I felt like someone was going to try to hurt me, try to rob me, do something to force my hand and defend myself and hurt them.”

Prior to entering jail, Gucci says he had a daily routine of using a variety of substances including alcohol and lean (a mixture of soda and codeine/promethazine-based cough syrup).  He ended up going through withdrawals behind bars which Gucci admits made him feel “like death.” However, his motivation to stay sober finally set in during his sentence.

When I was facing 20, 30 years and it was almost on the table, it kind of got worked out where I could only do three years. I felt like I could manage it. I could still have a career when I got out and not lose my whole life. It was like, ‘Let me fix my life,” he said.

“I had time to sit back and evaluate everything, and also dry out from the drugs … I tried to make the time work for me the best I could,” he went on.

“I didn’t want to live the rest of my life in prison. So I was like, one thing that I need to do is be totally sober. I need to have complete clarity. I need to have razor sharp focus on everything I do, every day from when I wake up to when I go to sleep. After you start doing it for like a year, then it turns to two years. Once I got out and start doing it, it makes me a better person, a better artist, it makes me all the way stronger.”

Maintaining His Commitment To Sobriety

In May, after serving three years, Gucci was released from prison. After his sentence, Gucci dropped his album Everybody Looking. More importantly, Gucci continued to stay sober, something he says is an “empowering” feat.

“It’s an extravagant lifestyle I live. And to me it’s kinda being even more cocky. I love to tell somebody, ‘Hey listen, I don’t do drugs. I’m sorry baby, but I don’t want anything to drink. I’ll take a water,’” he said last fall. “I’m proud of doing it. I like doing it. I hope people follow my example.”

Were you aware of Gucci Mane’s drug past? Drug culture is rampant among celebrity culture, and unfortunately the entertainment industry tends to glorify drug use. Time and time again, we see celebrities cycle in and out of treatment. In the past year, we have loss some of our most treasured celebrities to drug-related incidents.

With drug overdoses at an all-time high, should public figures feel responsible? Regardless, the message is clear at this point. The dangers of drugs and alcohol are not anything to glorify. The amount of drug overdoses continues to peak each year. If you are struggling, understand that your addiction does not have to be a component of your life anymore. Please call now. Do not wait.

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Nicole Kidman Shares Lessons Learned From Keith Urban’s Addiction Battle

 

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Author: Shernide Delva

Nicole Kidman knows firsthand how difficult it is to be in a relationship with someone struggling with substance abuse, and now she’s opening up about her experience. Kidman learned plenty about it after a decade of being married to country singer Keith Urban.

In a recent interview, Kidman discusses what she learned from her husband’s long battle with addiction. She acknowledges the struggle to accept that she could not control or do anything to help Urban in his addiction other than being supportive. However, she realizes it was an important lesson for her and all people in relationships like this to realize.

“There is absolutely help out there. But you can’t save somebody. They’ve got to save themselves. [That’s] a very big thing for people like me who go, ‘I can take care of you. I can do it,’” said Kidman. “At some point, you just have to say, ‘I love you, and I’m here when you decide to do the work. If you don’t, then that’s it.’”

Keith Urban has said in the past that Kidman was the catalyst for both his relapse and current sobriety. He described himself as a functioning addict during the ‘90s but finally checked into rehab in 1998. After six years of sobriety, Urban says the loneliness he felt when Kidman was away filming triggered a relapse.

As a result, in 2006, after returning home from a movie shoot, Kidman staged an intervention so Urban would go back to treatment.

Urban expressed how loneliness affected his recovery at the time:

“When she would go away, I would find myself feeling very alone, very lost, and vulnerable to my old ways. We had just gotten married, and this entity in my life is coming just to crush and kill everything that I’ve got,” he said to Rolling Stone in 2014. “I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I didn’t give a shit about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that.”

Fortunately, Urban was able to maintain his sobriety after treatment.

Families and loved ones suffer when they see a person they love struggling. Keith Urban’s uncle opened up about how he is thankful for his sobriety.  He talked about how Kidman deserves the credit for helping him get sober.

“None of us expected it to last,” the uncle told Daily Mail in May. “That’s credit to her. It’s as much for Nicole and his love for her.” 

These days, Keith Urban is grateful for Kidman’s intervention and even more grateful that both his marriage and sobriety have remained intact.

“[The marriage] survived, but it’s a miracle that it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel,” he said in June to Rolling Stone. “And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”


We have said it many times, but this article just elaborates on the fact that addiction does not affect just the addict. It affects the family, friends, and spouse of the addict too. Sadly, their pain is often ignored.  In the midst of active addiction, it is difficult for an addict to realize the impact their actions is having on others who care the most.

Addiction is a disease, and it hurts both the addict and their loved one. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment if you are currently struggling with substance abuse. Do not become another statistic. We can help you live a sober life free from the grips of addiction. Call now.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Reflects on Four Years of Sobriety

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Reflects on Four Years of Sobriety

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Author: Shernide Delva 

Were you a Green Day fan growing up? Whether it was “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” or “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” most people found it impossible to avoid hearing their jams in the early 2000s. When I think back to my middle school years, their songs practically play in the background.

The ‘90s pop/punk rock band reached a plateau with their successful American Idiot album in 2004. The album reached number 1 in 19 countries and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Suddenly, the band was headlining stadiums, and touring the globe. Lead singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong struggled to keep up with the pace.

Armstrong admits that songwriting became this “relentless thing” and he often felt he was “trying too hard.” Ultimately, this led to Armstrong fueling himself with alcohol and pills. Armstrong admits he got to the point where he was surprised to “wake up in the morning.”

Hitting Rock Bottom

Then, 2012 happened.    As Rolling Stones reports, Armstrong was “blackout drunk” during a performance at the iHeartRadio festival. Armstrong had a public meltdown. He eventually smashed his guitar in a rage after the band was forced to end their set due to time constraints.

“Let me tell you something, I’ve been around since 19-fucking-88,” he screamed into the microphone, “and you’re gonna give me one fucking minute? I’m not fucking Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers.”

Armstrong’s meltdown was a long time coming. His drinking problems date back to 2003 where he was busted for a DUI. However, he did not realize the severity of his alcohol addiction until he reached his bottom that day onstage. Bassist Mike Dirnt realized at that point how bad his addiction really was:

“The fucking path had gone too far … It was, ‘We’re done. Recognize it. I can’t think about playing with you right now. You got to get right.’”

Armstrong finally made the decision to check into rehab after repeatedly trying to get sober on his own for many years. Dirnst wrote to Armstrong while he was in recovery. One letter read:

“If we make it through this and we get back together, we’re either going to be stronger than ever or we’re going to not be doing this.”

Green Day’s Comeback: New Album

Mike Dirnt might have had a point. Green day is back, and it seems like they are better than ever. The new album, Revolution Radio, comes out on October 7, and critics have already been hailing it as a major comeback for the group. It has been over four years since Green Day last released music, and they had a lot of hurdles to overcome. Thankfully, Armstrong is now sober and has been the past four years.

Reflecting on getting sober, today Armstrong says,

“My foundation was cracked,” and if he hadn’t gotten help, “I don’t know if I would be around.”

These days, instead of getting trashed, Armstrong is enjoying recovery with his family. His 20-year marriage is going strong, and his son Jakob is about to graduate high school. His son is even following in his footsteps by releasing his own music.

 “I want to watch my kids go through their experiences,” Armstrong said. “I don’t want them to have to deal with that kind of darkness ever in their lives.”


Four years sober is a major accomplishment and only further exemplifies the importance of seeking treatment. You have the opportunity to live a life free of drugs and alcohol. All it takes is taking that first step. We can teach you to live a happy, healthy life in recovery. All you have to do is call. Do not wait.

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New Mayday Music Video Hits Hard on Heroin Addiction

New Mayday Music Video Hits Hard on Heroin Addiction

Author: Justin Mckibben

I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way, I love me some Mayday music. Been a fan for a little while now, and I am certain these guys are some of the most underrated artists in the hip hop scene. Their style of music is unique in so many ways, and each individual is extremely talented and consistent with their contribution to this awesome band.

Now with their newest album “Future Vintage” the band is back to killing the game with more and more evolution of style, and as always they bring with them some tunes that carry a heavy message. One message in particular was found on their recent track “Against My Better Judgement” with a compelling music video that just premiered all about the suffering and devastation of heroin addiction, with an uplifting call to action.

More about Mayday

For those of you who don’t know, Mayday (¡Mayday!) is an American hip hop group originally based out of beautiful Miami, Florida. The group consists of:

  • Bernz- (Rapper/vocalist)
  • Ben Miller (aka Wrekonize)- Rapper/vocalist
  • Ken Preiser (aka Plex Luthor)- Producer/keyboard player/guitarist
  • Andrews Mujica (aka NonMS)- Percussionist
  • Terrel (aka L T Hopkins)- Drummer
  • Gianni Perocapi (aka Gianni Cash)- Bassist

Mayday is currently signed on with the underground king of building independent hip hop empires himself- Tech N9ne– and his label Strange Music.

This definitely isn’t the first time Mayday  has addressed substance abuse, and in reality more often than not they seem to promote drinking and partying. However, the band is also very good at looking at a real issue and making a creative and conscious effort to trying to inspire change through their music as well.

For instance “Shortcuts & Dead Ends” is a song talking about the burdens faced when trying to make a name for yourself, and touches on the idea of addressing personal flaws and defects while fighting off the demons of a life in vices.

Mayday Hits Heroin Addiction Hard

The 5-minute music video for “Against My Better Judgment” is truly captivating and gripping, even if you haven’t ever experience addiction first hand this is the kind of imagery that puts the emotion of the lyrics to the story on the screen. The video recently premiered exclusively on Yahoo Music, and in it you watch this desperate and almost disturbing series of event, unfolding a dismaying story of a young couple living for their next fix.

Some moments get quite graphic in nature, and you see the couple using, fighting, and the female character taking part in a compromising exchange for her next fix. You can’t help but fear for the two, and the female character tugs at your heart strings and yanks them around and tangles them up with her frantic running down the street, between their shambled home and the drug dealer- all the while she pushes an empty baby stroller, which you can seek symbolism for later on.

The song takes a more acoustic and harmonious approach on the record they’ve described as a love song about our vices.” The song is also a call for help many can probably recognize with words like:

“Cause I don’t know what else to do / Will you help me through?”

The message behind the song happens to be particularly personal for the video’s director, Jason Cantu, who lost a close friend to drugs the week prior to shooting the video. After watching the video and reading that, it gave me the chills to see how real Cantu was able to express that pain in the short film.

Most inspiring is toward the end, we see the female character find her way into a room resembling a support group. One would assume she has hit a hard bottom and stumbles into a 12 Step meeting where she is instantly embraced and comforted by the people sitting around the circle, and against the melody Mayday plays out in these moments it is a really impressive and emotionally charged moment for anyone who has ever experienced the horrors of addiction and managed to find some help.

On a personal level, this video struck home in a number of ways, and it tries to show in so many frames of film how addiction and drug abuse impacts so many lives all at once, and at the end it shows us two alternate paths addiction can lead us to. Between the couples journey and seeing what each character endures in the end is powerful, and I promise if you are paying attention you will get an emotive response from this piece of collective and socially conscious art.

Music and music videos are another way we share our feelings and experiences to help each other, and it is true drug use and addiction are closely involved with hip hop. But it is also true that we can chose to give a different power to the pieces of our lives, and it all begins with a step away from addiction toward recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

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