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Gaming Addiction is a Matter of Life and Death

 Gaming Addiction is a Matter of Life and Death

A 32-year-old man was found dead in an Internet cafe in Taiwan after a marathon three-day gaming binge, making this the island’s second death of an online gamer this year.

According to Jennifer Wu, a police spokesperson from the local precinct, the man entered the cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, on January 6.

An employee at the café found him motionless and sprawled on a table at 10 a.m. on January 8. He was then rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from cardiac failure.

“He has been unemployed for a long time, and internet cafes were the only place he could go to,” she said.

“His family said he would disappear for two to three days on end.”

It is not known exactly how long the man lay dead in the Internet cafe but police said his body had entered rigor mortis, meaning that it had already begun to stiffen – an indication that he must have been dead for at least several hours before being noticed.

Police further added that gamers in the café continued playing their online games as if nothing had happened, even when the police and paramedics arrived.

Gaming Addiction is a Matter of Life and Death

“The CCTV footage from the Internet cafe showed that he had a small struggle before he collapsed motionless,” said Wu.

A police statement added that the cold temperatures and over-exhaustion from the long hours spent playing games likely contributed to the man’s cardiac arrest.

According to the Taipei Times, the man was a “regular customer” who often played for consecutive days.

“When tired, he would sleep face down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair,” the staff member was quoted as saying.

“That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning.”

Video Game Addiction Has Affected Others

Marathon sessions of online gaming in Taiwan have resulted in other deaths recently, too.

Similarly, a 38-year-old man was also found dead at an Internet cafe in Taipei on January 1 after playing video games for five days straight.

And previously, back in 2012, the dead body of man went unnoticed for 10 hours by other gamers and staff. The victim in this case had also died while playing online games for a marathon session.

Addiction can involve behaviors not related to taking drugs or drinking excessively. Many people struggle with obsessions to compulsively do things that affect them negatively, whether you’re addicted to the internet, gaming, gambling, sex, eating, or any other behavior that is causing problems in your life, such as destroying relationships, your health, or interfering with your job, please call us at toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak directly with an Addiction Specialist. This is someone who is trained and equipped to answer your questions. Often times, it’s someone who is in recovery from some form of addiction, themselves.  

X Factor Star Commits Suicide

X Factor Star Commits Suicide

Author: Justin Mckibben

Singer Simone Battle was a beautiful and talented young woman, a finalist who made it through to the top 17 talented musicians in the United States popular 2011 series The X Factor, and this past Friday she tragically took her own life. The heart-wrenching news was initially reported on after a post on Twitter by producer Derek Butler, who shared a picture of the star, writing:

“I’m still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend @SimoneBattle,”

Simone Battle was 25 years old, and leaves behind a touching story of a quick rise to star status that was abruptly cut short for reasons that at this point can only be subject to speculation. Was it a history of depression, or maybe a sudden life change that overwhelmed her? Or could there be some link to any external factors? Whatever the cause, the music world will be deprived another beautiful voice matched with a dazzling smile.

Details on Battles Tragic Death

Simone Battle was found hanged in her home in Los Angeles according to US reports from American gossip site TMZ. The press is currently claiming police sources informed them the G.R.L singer committed suicide in her West Hollywood apartment, information on the 25-year-old singer’s tragic death that was later confirmed in a statement on Saturday. According to the reports, Simone was found hanging on a rod in the closet of her bedroom around 8:30 AM on Friday morning.

Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records released a statement expressing deep sympathies for the family of the up and coming star, and mourning the loss of this talented young woman, stating:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L., Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.”

The Life of Simone Battles

Battle grew up in Los Angeles, where she did some part time modeling and work in television and movies before ending up on tour with the Black Eyed Peas after high school, according to RCA records. Battle had told RCA records during her time with the company that she knew she wanted to be a singer after her dad had played a tape of Whitney Houston singing her blockbuster song ‘I Will Always Love You’ as a child. Simone said to RCA Records,

“After that I played the tape over and over till it unwound. I love Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, and Dorothy Dandridge, but Whitney definitely inspired my dream to be a singer.”

Battle attended the University of Southern California before her original audition for the first season of The X Factor. After being kicked off the show, she released her song ‘He Likes Boys’ before joining the music group G.R.L. and working toward the super-groups big musical debut.

She was one of the incredibly musical girls in Simon Cowell’s category, and following her success on the show she was named as one of the members of G.R.L. which is commonly referred to as the second generation reboot of the popular female super-group Pussycat Dolls by original creator Robin Antin.

The group, which is made up of Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton, Paula van Oppen and Simone opted for a different name than the original Pussycat Dolls, donning the title G.R.L., and very quickly those ladies were on the verge of becoming household names. Their single ‘Wild Wild Love’ with hip-hop artist Pitbull reached number six in the UK charts. The G.R.L. newest single ‘Ugly Heart’ was released in the UK just this week.

Suicide and Substance Abuse

Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans every year. Unknown to most, substance abuse is the second most common cause that factors into substantial suicide risk, directly after major depression and bipolar disorder. Both chronic substance abuse and addiction, as well as acute intoxication are closely connected with suicide. In combination with personal emotional strain such as mourning, the risk of suicide is easily amplified. Additionally substance abuse is associated with mental health disorders.

So it should come as no surprise a vast majority of people who commit suicide are under the influence of sedative type depressive substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines .

  • Alcoholism is actually present in between 15% and 61% of cases of suicide.
  • Countries that have higher rates of alcohol use and a greater density of bars generally also have higher rates of suicide.
  • About 2.2–3.4% of those who have been treated for alcoholism at some point in their life die by suicide.
  • Alcoholics who attempt suicide are usually males, have tried to commit suicide in the past, and are often older, although it is clear that these are not the only people at risk.
  • Between 3 and 35% of deaths among those who use heroin are due to suicide.

Just these few statistics on suicide and substance abuse make it absolutely clear that addicts and alcoholics, especially those who abuse substances that are typically referred to as depressants, put themselves at an extreme risk of suicide.

While it is not yet determined whether drugs or alcohol are at all related to Simone Battles sudden and saddening death as no additional information has been released, it is very clear the relation to the desperation and despair that people experience who find no other answer than to take their own life. Suicide is common among addicts and alcoholics, and I myself as an addict and alcoholic have survived suicide attempts of my own in the past, which I clearly can connect to my drinking and drug use. The death of Simone Battles also closely follows the death of celebrated actor and comedian Robin Williams, which was also determined to be a suicide.

Any time I see a story like this it hits close to home, because I have lived in a similar mind-state. On average 1 person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, and this statistic is especially disturbing and devastating due to the fact that an astounding 80% of those who seek treatment for depression closely related to suicide recover successfully.

I have pushed off the edge as many addicts and alcoholics do, only to be brought back. So when I see someone who was experienced enough pain to put themselves in that position, and not make it back, it breaks my heart. My sympathy and my prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Simone Battles, and to the addicts and alcoholics out there who will take their own lives today.

Rest In Peace

Simone Battles

June 17th, 1989 – September 5th 2014

Substance abuse and suicide go hand in hand in more ways than most people care to see, and both are created by treatable circumstances but too often lead to avoidable tragedies. Whether the cause is mental health and mood disorders, or an unhealthy life-style, suicide is a permanent escape from a temporary problem. Quite often the problem is not worth nearly as much as the people who lose their lives for it, and there are real solutions out there to not only find peace, but happiness and a life worth living for. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Heroin, an opiate drug derived from the poppy plant, is a stimulant that creates euphoria. Though it has some medical uses, recreational use is illegal in the United States. Nevertheless, heroin abuse is a common problem. Here are 8 celebrity heroin addicts and why they used.

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used:

1. Russell Brand –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Approximately 11 years sober, Russell Brand has been very open about his struggles with heroin in an effort to help those facing related addictions. The comedian-actor wrote in a column for The Guardian in 2013:”I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralizing pain. The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction.”

2. Corey Feldman –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

The distressed child star had a very open and wild battle with addiction in his early career. Feldman told Huffpost Live in 2013: After a breakup, “I was like, ‘Well, I’ve tried everything else, and it doesn’t seem to fill this void, so maybe I should try that now.’ So I did, and boom – instantly addicted…The only one that really ever took me down that fast and that hard was heroin, and it was awful. It lasted maybe a year, a year and two months, I’ve never looked back.” He has reportedly been sober since 2000.

3. Kurt Cobain –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Kurt Cobain, previous front man of Nirvana, committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27. Cobain abused heroin during the last years of his life, at least in part to help control the pain of lasting stomach condition. He went to rehab in 1992 after finding out he was going to be a father, but he began using again not long after concluding the program.

4. Janis Joplin –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Well-known singer and songwriter Janis Joplin battled with heroin addiction from very early in her career. She died at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose. Alcohol was also believed to have contributed to her death, as well.

5. River Phoenix –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Actor River Phoenix, who starred in movies such as Indiana Jones, the Last Crusade and Stand by Me, died in 1993 after a heroin overdose caused his heart to stop. Phoenix was born into a family full of actors; his sisters Rain Phoenix and Summer Phoenix and brother Joaquin Phoenix are all also in the acting business.

6. Courtney Love –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Intervention for the grunge rocker meant drug tests while working on a movie in 1996. She first did heroin at 16-years-old but has said it didn’t advance into a problem until partying at Charlie Sheen’s mansion while starting her career. Aside from one relapse in a suicide attempt in 2005, Love seems to be abstaining from heroin use but doesn’t appear to be sober and in recovery.

7. Keith Richards –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said the only drug he does now is marijuana – possibly to stay out of trouble with the law. “With smack, I knew: ‘I’ve got to stop now, or I’m going to go in for hard time.” Even so, the rocker noted careless use of the drug when he was on it: “I was very interested in what I could take and what I could do. I looked upon the body as a laboratory … But all experiments must come to an end.”  

8. Tatum O’Neal –

8 Celebrity Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Tatum O’Neal is the youngest actress to ever win an Oscar, for Paper Moon at 10-years-old; but her grown-up life was full of sufferings. She became addicted to heroin after divorcing her husband in 1993. She told Stone Phillips in 2004: “I was still looking for a panacea, for some kind of relief from all of that life, from all of that damage.” She had her own memoir, titled Found, and detailed her experiences with the drug and wrote about her mental cravings for heroin and longing to sink into oblivion. After the heroin was gone she talked about beginning to experiences really deep depressions with extreme anger as their flip side.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


In the News: Candy Man Doctor Pleads Guilty

In the News: Candy Man Doctor Pleads Guilty

A Santa Barbara doctor that several patients referred to as the candy man because he so easily prescribed painkillers and other frequently mistreated narcotics, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges. Sixty five year old Julio Diaz pleaded guilty to eleven counts of drug dealing, starting from prescriptions written from his storefront office. As a part of the plea, the doctor admitted prescribing drugs to patients who had no genuine medical need for them. Diaz is planned to be sentenced in June and was taken into custody after the trial in the Santa Ana U.S. District Court.

According to a Times examination of the coroner’s reports, a minimum of seventeen of Diaz’s patients died of overdoses or associated causes. Authorities connected the doctor to a dozen deaths in a search warrant affidavit filed when they searched his office two years ago. Before Diaz was arrested he said in an interview that he was aware of only one fatal overdose within his practice. After being presented coroner’s reports on his patients, he acknowledged multiple deaths and said he shared guilt in some of them.  He stated that he did feel responsible and that he was the one prescribing the medications and possibly there were some indications there that he should have recognized they were going to overdose. He says that looking back now; the overdoses gave him a good lesson.

There were many different people who died such as: a thirty five year old mother found dead in her bedroom by her daughter, who was hosting a friend for a sleepover; a forty nine year old father who overdosed on painkillers just after finishing a sixty day drug rehab; an out-of-work county bus driver who was fighting depression overdosed on painkillers and other drugs. The family members of some of his patients and other doctors had protested about Diaz to the state medical board for years prior to his arrest.

Julio Diaz defined himself as a caring family physician that progressively developed a pain practice to meet the necessities of patients who had trouble finding help somewhere else. Diaz was not charged with any patient deaths. Filing such charges is complex by numerous factors, including patients finding drugs from multiple doctors, mixing prescription drugs with illegal drugs, and having preexisting medical conditions that contribute to their demise, said Wolf the prosecutor. In Diaz’s case, she said, the drug dealing counts alone are likely to result in a justified and reasonable sentence. He faces a legislative maximum of two-hundred years, though he is probable to get far less time.

In my opinion, Diaz should definitely get the maximum sentence because he was assisting these drug addicts by giving them their pain medications when clearly they shouldn’t have had it. He said he was helping them because they couldn’t get them anywhere else; when in all reality there is a reason they couldn’t get it anywhere else! As a doctor he should have known better. It isn’t entirely his fault because as a drug addict you are going to find what you’re looking for anywhere, he just made it a lot easier for them. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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