Recently there has been a bit of extra attention drawn to R&B star Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams for a bit on controversy sparked over the single “Blurred Lines” that was saturating the airwaves and music video stations for a generous amount of time.
They say there is no such things as bad publicity, yet Robin Thicke’s attorney now intends to claim that his clients issues with drug abuse are just that, and that the real-life issue is being exploited. So is this a real issue for Thicke, or is his alibi now being turned around and used as a way to pull the ‘victim card’ out against the Marvin Gaye attorneys? Or based off the fact he claims to be ‘sober’ but still admits to drinking, is the problem that Thicke does not take the addiction issue seriously?
The Plot Thicke’ens
Robin Thicke’s attorney Howard King stated earlier this week that the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer’s “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit “Blurred Lines” which a 2013 international hit was a rip-off of a Marvin Gaye hit entitled “Got to Give it Up” from years back, due to Marvin Gaye’s estate suing Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams last year over the indiscretion regarding their “Blurred Lines” single.
Robin Thicke made claims that the songs producer Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the song and says in an April depositions that was made by Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the case, which became unsealed Monday. This is without a doubt totally different story than the story the two stars were feeding to the public during interviews last year about the Grammy-nominated hits resounding success. Which leaves one to wonder if Thicke intends to avoid the issue not only with claims about his drug abuse, but also by throwing his producer under the bus, which seems pretty possible with claims like,
“The record would have happened with or without me,” Thicke said in the deposition. “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”
This statement follows with contradiction several interviews following the songs release and rise to fame when Robin Thicke had taken no shame in taking credit from writing the song. When confronted with the fact that he had earlier attempted to take credit for his own contribution, Thicke quickly went on the defensive by saying he had been consistently high on a cocktail of different prescription drugs, including Vicodin and alcohol during the writing of the song, and especially during the interviews following its release where he made his claims about his involvement in the project.
“In fact, I was quite surprised when I read them back sometimes,” he said about the interviews.
He also described his daily routine for attorneys, in which he goes into detail about his drug use and how it played a major role in his deciding to bite off more than he could chew as far as what rights he held to the creative control of the title.
“Every day I woke up, I’d take a Vicodin to start the day. And then I’d fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
So to that affect, Robin Thicke intends to use substance abuse as a crutch to lean on in this case, and would rather take responsibility for a ‘drug problem’ than lying one way or the other about his influence to one of his most popular songs.
The Blame Game: Celebrity Addition
When asked why he had put himself in this position in the first place, Robin Thicke said he began to embellish his involvement in the production process after “Blurred Lines” became an undeniable and highly circulated hit. In the deposition Thicke went on to explain how he wanted to take more credit than he was due during interviews and in the media because he felt disappointed that his biggest hit had been written by someone else, and wanted to try and save face by getting as much of the kudos as he could.
Howard King said the law team working with the Gaye estate are just trying to re-enforce their lawsuit for claiming the “Blurred Lines” material was a rip-off of “Got to Give it Up” by the writers, including Thicke and Williams. Through Thicke’s publicist the attorney made a bold statement that said,
“Robin’s moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”
The Gaye family appropriately fired back through an email of their own with their attorney, pointing out the inconsistencies in the defense Howard King aims to utilize,
“We did not inject Mr. Thicke’s issues into this case. Mr. Thicke and his counsel did so in the attempt to avoid his prior admissions regarding `Got to Give it Up.’”
That email, which came from attorney Richard S. Busch, included that the court had ordered that the transcripts be made public.
“Not only does our brief set out in great detail the facts, law and expert musical analysis supporting the claim of infringement of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up’ by ‘Blurred Lines,’ but we have also identified numerous statements by both Mr. Williams and Mr. Thicke outside of this case, and under oath in this case, which we believe cannot be reconciled and further support the Gayes’ claims.”
The worst part of this whole issue is that when reviewing the statements from Robin Thicke, it is implied through-out his defense that he does not take the real problems facing those who struggle with addiction too seriously. Conveniently he only struggled with drugs and alcohol for the year during which he gave interviews, including one he did with Oprah where he openly admitted that Marvin Gaye was the inspiration for the majority of his music.
But now he is ‘sober’ for months… well, except for alcohol, because that does not count, right? This kind of admission leads me to believe that he either has no regard for the reality of addiction and the meaning of sobriety, or he simply just needs an excuse to avoid being held accountable.
For anyone struggling with drugs and alcohol, it should be made clear that there is a lot more to sobriety than just avoiding one substance or another, and that in order to effectively recover there has to be a real contribution made in order to save your life. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-777-9588
The acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad has painted an extremely graphic portrait for many people of what to expect when looking into the face of a long-term meth addict with some of its more memorable characters. However some people may believe these are mere exaggerations put on by fancy studios that profit well from dramatizing everything. Rest assured, these are pretty accurate depictions of long term abuse of the drug, and are just a glimpse of the faces of meth.
Some readers might be familiar with terms like ‘meth mouth’ or maybe the more articulate ‘meth mites,’ which are referring to the physical appearance of meth users, specifically the face. It should come as no surprise these terms are thrown around in pop culture and daily language to anyone who has gotten an up close and personal look. These are not overzealous myths; meth has a profound and disfiguring effect on meth addict’s bodies, and you can read it on the faces.
Faces of Meth: Extreme Loss of Weight
Crystal meth is an amphetamine, which is a type of chemical compound that increases brain activity related to the neurotransmitters in the brain for dopamine and norepinephrine. Among other things, this direct effect on the brain activity causes a rapid loss of appetite. Over time as a user continues their consumption and the amount of meth increased the user becomes progressively malnourished from their blatant disinterest in food and eating.
With this new ‘all meth diet’ the addict quickly cultivates significant weight loss. The faces of meth users are easily recognized by their sunken in cheeks and hollow-looking eyes.
Faces of Meth: Decaying and Cracked Teeth
The next thing to take notice of is rotting and decayed teeth. The reality of ‘meth mouth’ is another common aspect to the faces of meth users. The reasons that ‘meth mouth’ develops may vary, but it is all the product of excessive drug use.
First, as mentioned above, the complete lack of nutrition of most meth addicts in active addiction typically has a deteriorating effect on their hygiene, and specifically the maintenance of their teeth. Meth users often neglect the most simple but important self-care tasks, because nothing is more important than getting high for an addict, especially brushing their teeth.
Meth also has the tendency to cause users to clench and grind their teeth, which can commonly cause cracked and chipped teeth. Cracking and chipping in the teeth leaves their teeth and gums susceptible to bacteria and infection, not to mention looks scary.
Faces of Meth: Extreme Hair Loss
Poor nutrition plays a pretty repetitive roll in the self-destruction of the faces of meth. In the majority a cases meth addicts have noticeably brittle and thinning hair. Without the much-needed nutrients to sustain full, healthy and growing hair, meth abusers who have already molded themselves into a sickly appearance, are infamous for their faded faces framed by dull and thinning hair.
Faces of Meth: Obsessive Picking
Delusions, psychosis, and paranoia- who wouldn’t want to use meth?! A common delusion to meth addicts is what is called ‘meth mites.’ The meth addict will believe these imaginary bugs crawl under their skin, which cause them to use tweezers and other sharp objects to pluck, pick, and scratch at their skin. Even the face and eyebrows are not safe, to the point that meth addicts will pluck out all of the hair from their eyebrows and even actually take chunks out of their own skin. The faces of meth addicts are typically covered in gaping sores and unsightly scars from the constant picking and plucking for invisible insects.
Faces of Meth: Sickly Skin
Crystal meth is a toxin. Like any good toxin, the body does its very best to rid itself of the poison by way of the pores. This causes severe acne and that not-so-fashionable over-all diseased-look. Meth also slows down the body’s ability to heal and repair itself so that acne, skin infections, and the sores and scars caused by ‘meth mites’ and skin picking will typically take longer to heal. All of these troubling traits formulate a ghastly complexion on the face of a meth addict.
The Phenomenon of ‘Meth Face’
This dangerous drug causes the blood vessels to constrict, cutting off the stable flow of oxygen-rich blood to circulate through all parts of the body, including the skin. Because of this constriction the heavy use of meth can actually weaken and destroy these blood vessels, causing your bodies tissues to become easily damaged and inhibiting your body’s ability to repair itself. As a result, when you take meth it is basically like you are slowly killing your own flesh! It isn’t getting the oxygen rich blood it needs, which in turn leaves you looking like an extra from another TV series… The Walking Dead.
The effects of abusing dangerous drugs like crystal meth and other illicit narcotics cannot always be as easy to see, but these drugs destroy lives inside and out. The destruction caused by addiction digs deep and kills so many people from the inside out, and even though you might not think so, sometimes the true horror of your disease is written right across your face. If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for meth addiction, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.
The words ‘until death do us part’ are in the vows at many weddings, but some people never even consider that one day it may come sooner than expected because of excessive drinking and the disease of alcoholism.
Alcoholism destroys almost every important piece of happiness that any alcoholic has, or it drains the joy away from even the most powerful loves of our lives. It is not always easy to see the depths of the damage that alcohol can have on a marriage, but most times when it does damage ‘in sickness and in health’ is a struggle all its own.
Lack of Communication Creates Resentment
Alcoholism can bring a complete breakdown of communication for a marriage. As the excessive drinking escalates, small arguments become more common and eventually spawn into deeper and more intense battles. Fierce resentments have a tendency to build up, and with that the communication becomes even more compromised as distance between spouses spreads.
An alcoholic will develop resentment against his or her spouse whenever they make any efforts to interfere with their drinking, and the other spouse often resents the alcoholic’s inability to stop drinking. These resentments will cause communication, as well as any hope for real intimacy, to crumble.
Some alcoholics will even frequently become verbally abusive under the influence, which will take a more devastating toll on their non-alcoholic spouse. And when physical abuse becomes and element, then it is definitely time for action to be taken against this kind of toxic relationship. Physical violence is less common than verbal abuse by the alcoholic spouse, but violent acts towards their spouse has serious consequences for all concerned.
In the even more volatile event that both partners are alcoholics, arguments will become endless and neither of the spouses generally function on any level that consistently or effectively nurtures the relationship in capacity. However, there is a flip side to this particular situation and that is the drinking partners develop a very intense, unhealthy co-dependency. In this kind of alcoholic marriage the two will support and enable each-others unhealthy and excessive drinking, and the relationship is typically dependent primarily on mutual alcohol abuse.
Family Functions and Abuse
The alcoholic will not necessarily always be unable to fulfill their responsibilities or participate in family affairs due to their drinking, but there are other factors such as increased unreliability or as a result of drinking there may be a lack of interest or being altogether absence from the family that will attribute to the deterioration of the family unity.
The disease of alcoholism can be a plague on any marriage or relationship, and with the children raised in an alcoholic house hold there is a lot of concern regarding the long term emotional trauma from negligence or abuse. Any form of abuse is absolutely unacceptable for a healthy marriage to exist. Something that is meant to be based off of love and loyalty cannot survive and grow when one person cannot control themselves and choses to subject the other to abuse, be it verbal or physical.
Changing the Cycle
This situation can improve if a problem drinker makes a real attempt to pursue some kind of help, whether in the form of marriage counseling or in more serious cases a possible substance abuse treatment program. Many rehabs include alcohol abuse treatment programs to help rebuild the core concepts of unity for the family.
Sadly the rate of successful recovery from alcohol addiction for those who try to quit drinking and abusing alcohol on their own is so low, so unless there is more awareness and efforts made to change the cycle, alcoholism will likely advance as a disease and continue to torture the non-alcoholic spouse and family members such as the children.
In the cases where there is no recovery the marriage and the challenging circumstances that surround and torment the two spouses will do serious damage before anything has any opportunity to get better. Broken hearts and broken vows tend to surround the marriage of an alcoholic who goes on drinking without seeking a solution, and there is a lot of great love lost.
Remember that the alcoholic is a sick person, and there is hope for their recovery. Yes love does mean accepting people for their flaws, but it does not mean having to accept that the disease of alcoholism will rule over your marriage. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-777-9588
Diet pills have been under the radar for a time, but more recently the true dangers of diet pill addiction have come to light, and diet pill addiction help is now more important than ever. These types of pharmacological medications are marketed to control or reduce weight and while numerous diet pills have been produced and promoted for weight loss, only one is currently approved by the FDA for long term use. So the addiction to using drugs to diet may be more common than people think. With societies focus on body-image and the coupling of eating disorders with addiction, it is no surprise that this problem continues to grow, and for those afflicted they may not even know where to begin with getting diet pill addiction help.
Diet Pill Addiction Help: The Problem
These pills often claim to achieve weight loss in a number of ways, typically by:
- increasing metabolism
- altering appetite levels
- interrupting the normal absorption of fat or calories
The majority of diet pills can be purchased over the counter, but there are a few that require a prescription from a medical professional, mostly due to their strength and possible side-effects. This can be dangerous as diet pills can be readily available, including to minors, and increases the amount of addicts and those in need of diet pill addiction help.
Many people may not even realize that most common diet pills contain very large quantities of addictive substances, such as ephedrine, caffeine, or herbal stimulants, which can have severe side effects.
Diet Pill Addiction Help: Prime Suspects
There are a few general classifications of specific formulas, each unique in ways they impact the body. The following are some of the typical categories you will want to look for as prime suspects out of all diet pill drugs:
This is an over the counter diet pill that claims to reduce fat absorption in the body
This diet pill is an appetite suppressant that has serious risk of causing heart attacks and stroke
Decreases appetite and increases energy expenditure. More troublesome is that this is not even approved in United States as an anti-obesity drug
Reduces the amount of glucose that is produced by the liver
These diet pills are preferably for patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes
Pramlintide pomotes feelings of satiety, delays gastric emptying.
It’s also important to note that herbal ‘alternatives’ to diet pills can be just as deadly. These ‘natural’ substances stimulate the central nervous system and can have potentially serious side effects as well, so don’t think that ‘going green’ with your diet pills will change the risks you’re taking.
Diet Pill Addiction Help: Those in Danger
Many individuals turn to using, and eventually abusing, diet pills to fuel an unhealthy desire for fitness of thinness. Appetite suppressant medications are the most commonly abused diet pills. Prescription and over-the-counter diet pills are abused by individuals with eating disorders, making them all the more dangerous and destructive to the body. Diet pill addiction is one of the least healthy and most dangerous ways to lose weight.
Part of what makes diet pill addiction so scary is the fact that these substances are so rampant and have become customary. Stop at any local pharmacy, grocery or health food outlet and you will find diet pills for sale, and even worse they are almost always available to minors. These substances can be highly addictive and are can intensify deadly eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive eating, or even create them where not already present.
Diet Pill Addiction Help: Health Complications
Diet pill addiction help is there to help curb some of the serious health risks and short or long term damages done by diet pills and chronic abuse. Some of these health complications from diet pill abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Cardiac arrest
- Menstrual irregularities
- Congestive heart failure
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Loss of sex drive
- Blurred vision
Diet Pill Addiction Help: Treating the Threat
When getting diet pill addiction help, it is important to remember the key elements of a diet pill addiction, which is that the vast majority of these medications contain harmful and addictive chemicals, that nearly none of them are approved for any level of long-term use, and that they are also largely attributed or credited with eating disorders. Diet pill addiction help is about far more than just being removed from the substance for a time.
Diet pill addiction help should focus a lot on the medical and physical stand point, but equally as much or more of the treatment should be centered around the emotions, eating habits, and mind-state that can either promote or be a product of the addiction to diet pills. If negative self-image is dominant in the diet addiction, then therapy should definitely be implemented to address that. If there is an obsessive mentality for working-out and losing weight, there should also be therapy, and there should be education on the proper and productive methods of self-improvement.
There is a lot of diet pill addiction help out there for people who are willing to see how this kind of diet will do far more damage. Women are typically the most likely to become addicted to diet pills, but there are so many ways for those women to find the help they need. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-777-9588
Forget all of your preconceived notions about what an alcoholic is. What it looks like to be an alcoholic; how you think they live, whether they are homeless or have a house, whether they have children or live alone. And so on.
Alcoholism is what’s been dubbed a non-discriminating disease. And what that means is that it affects people from ALL walks of life. Some alcoholics are homeless, others are high-powered attorneys, airline pilots, maybe even your family physician. Alcoholics can be Black, white, Asian, young, old, rich, poor, male, or female.
If you’re asking yourself, “How can I tell if I’m an alcoholic?” chances are that that alone is an indication you have a problem when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. You might think, “well, I’m just a social drinker,” or if you’re willing to admit that you hit the sauce a little harder than others, maybe you prefer the term “problem drinker.”
Making justifications and excuses and trying to come up with euphemistic and more palatable terms is quite funny to those of us who have been there and who now realize that we, indeed, have a problem with alcohol and this is why: Non-alcoholics don’t spend any time at all wondering if they prefer the term “problem drinker” over “alcoholic.” That kind of thinking is the mental part of your disease and it’s pushing you back towards that drink because, after all, you were never really that bad. Right?
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re an alcoholic, chances are that you are one. “Normal” people – the ones who don’t have the disease of alcoholism – don’t have to ponder this type of thing. There is simply no indication of a problem. But, if you’re thinking about this at all, you just might be an alcoholic.
Now, more specifically, alcoholism is a medical disease that involves a couple key aspects. First there is the mental obsession. If you find yourself thinking about drinking, or thinking about not drinking, then you are experiencing the mental obsession of the disease. Many alcoholics continue to drink despite genuinely wanting to stop. But they keep drinking because they simply cannot stop thinking about it.
And this leads us to the next aspect of alcoholism: the physical compulsion to drink. When your mind keeps racing about that next drink, your actions soon follow. The mental obsession of the disease then leads the alcoholic to compulsively drink, again, even if it it’s against their will.
Alcoholism is chronic, progressive, and deadly. No one chooses to have it. There are both genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease. The only way to keep from drinking is to find a solution, which is referred to as recovery. But because alcoholism is chronic, meaning a life-long affliction, drinking socially is not an option. Once that first drink goes down, the phenomenon of craving (that mental obsession) kicks in and a chain reaction soon follows.
Putting any mood or mind-altering substance in your system can reignite your alcoholism all over again. It’s possible to come back, but it’s just as possible that you will never get that chance.
Alcoholism is a serious disease and needs to be treated as such. It’s one that affects more than just the alcoholic; it affects their friends, family, and other loved ones. As we learn more and more about the disease, we find new and better ways of treating it as well as tried-and-true methods. The best approach to treating alcoholism is a program that incorporates several different methods and therapies. Call toll-free 1-800-777-9588 to find out more about getting help for your alcoholism. You are not alone.