In an effort to inform teens, parents, and loved ones on life saving lessons, Inspirations for Youth will be tracking all the latest news involving celebrities and drug and alcohol abuse. Each report will include a description of the incident and the lessons that can be learned from the event.

May 2014

Wiz Khalifa Arrested for Marijuana Possession (5/25/14)

Wiz Khalifa (a.k.a. Cameron Thomaz) was arrested on May 25 for marijuana possession in El Paso, Texas. Wiz was stopped at an inspection checkpoint at the El Paso airport. According to El Paso police, Wiz Khalifa did not have identification, which prompted a search. TSA agents found a canister with marijuana hidden inside of it and they alerted police who arrested the performer. He was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released after posting $300 bail.

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Wiz Khalifa tweeted this picture from jail with the caption, “Jail Selfie”

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

Currently, only Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana use for those who are 21 years of age or older. Driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal in all fifty states, however. Wiz Khalifa should have known better and he should not have had the marijuana in his possession.

April 2014

2 Chainz Arrested for Felony Drug Possession (4/3/14)

Ten months after being arrested in Los Angeles, 2 Chainz (a.k.a. Tauheed Epps) has been formally charged with felony drug possession. He was caught unlawfully carrying codeine, a primary ingredient in the cough syrup-based mixture sizzurp (a.k.a. lean or barre). 2 Chainz faces up to three years in prison if convicted. He will be formally arraigned on April 8th.

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Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

Mixing cough syrup with alcohol known as “purple drink” or sizzurp, is a very dangerous practice. Drinking the mixture will depress the nervous system, leading to decreased breathing. A few DJs and rappers have died after drinking this concoction.

March 2014

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay Arrested for DWI (3/17/14)

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Irsay was arrested Monday, Mar. 17, on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Police say he failed sobriety tests during a traffic stop and they found multiple prescription drugs inside his car. He faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to  Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem.

If convicted, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count.

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

Driving while intoxicated doesn’t always mean the driver is drunk. Many prescription medications can cause the user to be impaired when operating a vehicle or heavy machinery. The lesson here is easy – don’t drink or use prescription drugs if you’re going to be driving a car. Always call a taxi or have a friend drive you.

Chris Brown Dismissed from Rehab, Goes to Jail (3/14/14)

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Chris Brown was arrested Friday, Mar. 14, after on a probation violation warrant after being kicked out of his rehab program. The reason for Brown’s dismissal from the rehab program is not known. However, TMZ reports he violated “internal rules”, but the dismissal had nothing to do with violence or drugs.

Chris Brown was originally ordered to serve five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community service for his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. According to CNN, Brown was cooperative when he was taken into custody at the Los Angeles County men’s central jail.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Court-ordered rehab is no joke. If you don’t complete the program, then you will go to jail. Unfortunately, Chris Brown has again learned this the hard way. Many treatment centers have specific rules that are in place for a reason. If you violate the rules, they will kick you out of their treatment center. The lesson learned is that clients should always abide by the internal rules of their treatment center.

Rapper Lil’ Boosie released from Louisiana penitentiary (3/8/14)

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Baton Rouge rapper Torence “Lil’ Boosie” Hatch was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in early March. Hatch was serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges, after pleading guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge.

‘Lil’ Boosie has accumulated quite a rap sheet through the years including a highly publicized murder trial in the 2009 killing of Terry Boyd, where he was acquitted of first-degree. He also plead guilty in 2011 to drug-related counts that accused him of conspiring to smuggle codeine, marijuana, ecstasy and other illegal contraband into the Dixon Correctional Institute and the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Hatch learned his lesson after completing virtually every rehabilitation program he was eligible for including substance abuse and religious based programs and he even earned his GED. All of these actions played an integral part in his early release.

Kesha Leaves Rehab, Drops $ from name (3/6/14)

Kesha is back! After entering treatment for an eating disorder in January, Kesha is back on the scene having made some healthy changes! She dropped the dollar sign from her name and changed her twitter handle from @Ke$shasuxx to the much sweeter @KeshaRose. Kesha tweeted this: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music.”

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Kesha will be getting a new home in Los Angeles, and one source says she will have a great support system there.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Rehab had a huge, positive impact on Kesha’s life. When she first entered treatment for her eating disorder, Kesha explained, “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice.  I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”

We’re proud of Kesha for realizing she had an issue and for going to treatment to work on that issue. However, it’s important that Kesha utilizes the support system set up for her in Los Angeles. Many people leave rehab feeling like they’re at the top of the world. but this feeling can be fleeting. Kesha will need lots of support from her friends, families, and recovery advisors to make sure she stays on the right path!

February 2014

Chris Brown is Going Back to Rehab (2/28/2014)

A Los Angeles judge ordered Chris Brown back to rehab on Friday, Feb. 28. Documents from Brown’s anger management program were revealed showing that Brown is suffering from insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD:

“Our clinical team believes Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and PTSD,” read a letter from the rehab center submitted to the court.

 

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Brown, 24, was ordered to stay another two months in the Malibu rehab where he has been dealing with his serious mental issues. The singer will remain in rehab until April and he must fulfill the 750 remaining hours of community service, a condition of his probation from his assault on Rihanna.

Brown was ordered into the current program after throwing a rock through his mother’s car window. However, he has been regularly reporting to his highway clean-up job and doing well in rehab.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Many times substance abuse and mental issues go hand in hand. It seems that Chris Brown is self-medicating for his mental issues which include insomnia, bipolar disorder, and insomnia. By staying in rehab for another two months, Brown will be able to continue therapy and continue to work on his anger management issues. He will learn new ways of dealing with stress and hopefully he will be able to stay in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

 

Comedian George Lopez Arrested for Public Intoxication (2/27/14)

Lopez was arrested for public intoxication on Feb. 27 after he was found passed out on the floor of the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor, Ontario. He was taken into police custody after security guards found him. Lopez had performed at the hotel prior to his arrest.

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Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Drinking alcohol to the point of passing out is very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more alcohol drinks in two hours or less. Binge drinking is associated with numerous health issues including liver damage, stroke, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular disease. On a positive note, however, Lopez appeared on Ellen a few days after his arrest. He reported that he has not had a drink of alcohol since being arrested.

Did Selena Gomez Leave Rehab Too Early? (2/6/2014)

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According reports from TMZ, 21-year-old American actress and singer Selena Gomez and former Justin Beiber on-again off-again girl-friend left an Arizona rehab before medically advised, to go to the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January.

Gomez, who got her first acting gig on “Barney and Friends” at the ripe age of nine was admitted to an unspecified rehab center on January 5th, 2014. According to her representatives it was not substance abuse related. However this can’t be confirmed or denied. Gomez only lasted two weeks out of a six week rehab stint. Reportedly, staff urged her to return, saying: “It’s essential in any recovery to complete the therapy.”

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

It doesn’t particularly matter whether Gomez was in rehab for substance abuse or something else. The main issue is that she left four weeks shy of the program completion.  Individuals who abandon their rehab program too soon are making a mistake. Doing this can result in a loss of all benefits gained from the time in the program. The reasoning behind this theory is treatment is a process and in order to get the most from it the individual has to see the process through to the end. Only time will tell in the case of Ms. Gomez.

Saturday Night Live Alum Arrested Under Prescription Drug Influence (2/10/2014)

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Chris Kattan Saturday Night Live former star was was arrested early in the morning on Monday, Feb. 10 when he allegedly confessed to being on prescription medications while driving according to DMZ.  Kattan, 43, was reportedly arrested on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. Another driver called in the actor’s reckless driving, saying the comedian was “weaving all over the roadway at slow speeds” before allegedly crossing into a coned off area and hitting a Department of Transportation vehicle from behind.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

While much of the attention is focused on driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription drug abuse can greatly impair driving as evidenced by Kattan’s display on the road. There’s a reason for that ‘No Operating Heavy Machinery’ warning on the prescription pill bottle.

Heroin OD eyed in Oscar Winning Philip Seymour Hoffman Death (2/2/2014)

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of a heroin overdose with a hypodermic needle still stuck in his arm  inside a Greenwich Village apartment on February 2, 2014, according to New York City police reports. Hoffman has repeatedly struggled with substance abuse throughout his acting career. Police also found a charred spoon in the kitchen sink, sources say.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

Most people know heroin is highly addictive. But did you know how deadly heroin can be? Consider this: A yearly government drug survey found that in 2002, 166,000 Americans said they had used heroin. In 2012, that number spiked to 355,000. Perhaps that shows a lack of knowledge among the public that heroin is not only addictive and devastating to user’s lives – it kills.

January, 2014

Save Justin Summit (1/26/2014)

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Usher has jetted to Panama to talk and perhaps perform an intervention for his long-time friend Justin Bieber. Usher’s meet up with Bieber in Panama, is being billed as a “Save Justin Summit.” This has come on the heels of Bieber’s recent DUI arrest in Miami where he was also drag racing. Usher is considered to be a mentor for Bieber.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

An intervention can be a life-saving act and tool for a family member, colleague, or friend who is resistant to addressing his or her problem. In the past, people used to think the best way to help an addict was to let him hit ‘rock bottom’. However, this thinking has changed. Some people do need to hit rock bottom before getting help, but many more people need their family or friends to intervene. In this case, Usher appears to be nipping the problem in the bud so to speak.

Elizabeth Vargas Battles Alcoholism (1/24/2014)

Elizabeth Vargas opened up about her addiction to alcohol on Friday, January 24th, 2014, on, of all places, ABC, where she has been a long-time anchor on the popular “20/20” television show.

“I am an alcoholic,” Vargas acknowledged to George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired on Friday’s “Good Morning America.” “It took me a long time to admit that to myself. It took me a long time to admit it to my family, but I am.”

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

The “20/20” anchor said that her alcohol addiction began as a way to cope with anxiety and panic attacks, which began when she was a child and continued into adulthood. Using alcohol as a way to self-medicate for a panic disorder is not a healthy coping mechanism. Taking drugs in this manner usually leads to forming a habit and then an addiction. Vargas is not alone – many studies are increasingly showing a correlation between anxiety disorders and alcohol abuse disorders.

Justin Bieber Receives DUI in Miami (1/23/2014)

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Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old pop star was arrested January 23rd on charges of drag racing his rented yellow Lamborghini while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in Miami. Bieber has also been charged with resisting arrest.

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

It is difficult to narrow down all the alcohol and drug related indiscretions committed by Justin Bieber recently in Miami. Instead, let’s focus on the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. According to Inspirations CEO Dr. James Hughes, the medical term for this practice is called “potentiation.”

“One serious interaction is called potentiation. This is when alcohol is mixed with two or more drugs thus creating a multiplier effect,” explained Dr. Hughes. “So in this case one plus one may not equal two it might equal five and that is something that can lead to overdose or put them in a coma which I often see.”

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Dennis Rodman in Rehab (1/19/2014)

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Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked himself into an alcohol treatment program, just days after returning to the United States from North Korea, where he ignited an international controversy over comments he made about an American citizen held prisoner there.

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

People use alcohol as a tool to ease social anxiety and to overcome social fears like public speaking or meeting new people. However, this practice can become dangerous when people believe they need many drinks in order to have fun.

In the case of Dennis Rodman’s internationally televised outburst, he fit the above mentioned profile. His response to the media after his outburst was on point, however, because he addressed the problem head on. He checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism. Now as to the question of how he maintains his recovery – the ball is in his proverbial court.

Trace Adkins – Brawl and Rehab (1/13/2014)

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It has been well documented that large consumption of alcohol can lead to arguments and fights. Unfortunately it appears that Trace was trying to fight himself! Trace was headlining a country cruise headed to Jamaica. He was in the bar when something happened between him and a Trace impersonator who was doing karaoke. Trace — who had been sober for 12 years — had fallen off the wagon, got drunk and then proceeded to get into a physical fight with the impersonator.

Inspirations’ Lessons Learned

While in rehab, Adkins’ therapist encouraged him to keep writing songs in order to stay focused on positive things. He listened to the advice and he was escorted by rehab employees to a music store to purchase a guitar. Music therapy can be HIGHLY beneficial for many people suffering from a variety of mental issues, including addiction. At Inspirations teen rehab, clients have access to guitars, drums, and other instruments. Some clients even write raps about getting sober.

David Cassidy Gets His 3rd DUI (1/10/2014)

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Former teen idol David Cassidy faces his third drunken driving charge after being stopped for an illegal turn in Los Angeles on January 10th.

Cassidy, 63, blew .19% — twice the legal level — on an alcohol test administered by the California Highway Patrol officer who stopped the singer-actor’s rented Chevrolet Impala, according to a CHP statement.

The former star of the TV series “The Partridge Family” was booked in a Los Angeles jail on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge.

Inspirations’ Lesson Learned

It appears that David Cassidy does not have the ability to help himself since he is a repeat offender (three DUI’s) and this is where his family and friends need to get involved and hold an intervention, which could potentially lead to a stint in rehab and hopefully a sustained recovery

According to Inspiration for Youth and Families CEO and national leading interventionist Dr. James Hughes, an intervention does not involve any physical contact of the individual. Mainly it includes verbal conversation and de-escalation naming the individuals signs and symptoms. And letting the individual know that they can no longer remain at home and the family wants treatment.