In a recent interview with Fox 11 entertainment reporter Courtney Friel, Emmy-award winning actress Kristen Johnston talked about her passion for recovery, her hilarious and disturbing memoir Guts, her mission to create New York City's first sober high school and her love for The Fix. "[The Fix is] young, it's interesting, it doesn't have one theory," Johnston told Friel—who described us as "a hip new sobriety website." Johnston said of her addiction, "I was the red wine mustache lady with the purple teeth. Everyone else would have their two or three glasses of wine and I would have my ten. I was jobless and fired by my agency and so broke I was selling shoes." The Third Rock star, who's been in recovery for almost six years, added that now that she's cleaned up, "My life is better in every single way I can imagine. I'm grateful, I'm happy. I don't need to escape all the time." When Friel asked Johnston why she came clean about her addiction after first managing to keep it a secret, she replied that she's not publicizing her book because she wants more money. "I'm publicizing it because I really want the people who need to read it to read it."
Sometimes celebrity drunk-driving arrests take an unexpected turn—providing fresh evidence that substance abuse is no respecter of reputations. This time it's squeaky-clean '70s actress Sally Struthers, best known for her Emmy-winning role as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family—and more recently as Babette on Gilmore Girls and as a face of Save the Children. She was pulled over and arrested for OUI—operating under the influence—early yesterday morning in the coastal town of Ogunquit, Maine, where she's appearing in an annual run at the Ogunquit Playhouse, as Roz in the musical 9 to 5. The 65-year-old actress was released on $160 cash bail and is due back in court in December—she looks set to make a fight of it. "Sally is working and she is fine and she loves the Ogunquit Playhouse and her yearly time in Ogunquit," says a spokeswoman. "We deny these charges." The drama will wrap up soon: Struthers' stint in the show is scheduled to end tomorrow.
As if all their other problems weren't enough, a new study indicates that beleaguered smokers tend to get less sleep and are at higher risk of serious insomnia. Researchers in Germany surveyed around 1,100 smokers and 1,200 non-smokers—all of whom were pronounced free of mental health conditions that might impair sleep—for a study published in the Addiction journal. They found that 17% of smokers slept for less than six hours a night, compared with just seven percent of non-smokers. And 28% of the smokers claimed to have “disturbed” sleep, against 19% of smoke-free sleepers. "If you smoke and you do suffer from sleep problems, it is another good reason to quit smoking," says lead researcher Dr. Stefan Cohrs, of Charite Berlin medical school. Grounds for optimism? Cors adds that past research shows that a smoker's sleep quality does improve after quitting. The study doesn't yet prove that smoking alone impairs sleep, but researchers believe the stimulating effects of nicotine play a part, as well as the possibility that smokers may be more likely to have other habits that affect sleep—such as getting little exercise or staying up late to watch TV. It seems smokers can't win: successfully losing consciousness reportedly puts them at risk of manifesting a violent sleep disorder, while inadequate sleep has been linked to problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
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In honor of National Recovery Month, independent singer-songwriter Santa Monica Sam has released a new song, “This Thing Called Addiction,” which can be found on his new album Universal Flow. The candid, uplifting song reflects Sam’s own experiences battling addiction, offering a message of hope based in his own recovery. “The song takes the listener on a journey from darkness to light,” Sam tells The Fix. The first verse discusses the dark nature of addiction, the second verse takes on the consequences and repercussions, and the third verse speaks of the hope and inspiration found in recovery. While there are many songs about addiction out there, Sam says “This Thing Called Addiction” is unique because it focuses on hope, rather than glamorizing or highlighting the negative aspects of being an addict. The video will be screened at the Reel Recovery Film Festival, and the song is available for download on most digital music stores. “This is just one means of carrying the message,” Sam says. “Hopefully it can reach an audience that will benefit from the content in the song.” Check out the song here:
If you watched clips of Innocence of Muslims—the low-budget anti-Muslim flop that sparked the attack on the US Embassy in Libya—and asked yourself what kind of drugs would compel a man to make such a thing, the answer is meth. Nakoula Bassleley Nakoula, who hid behind the alias "Sam Bacile" throughout the film's production, pleaded guilty to a charge of intent to manufacture methamphetamine in 1997. Nakoula, who calls Islam a “penis-driven religion” and a “cancer,” raised $5 million from Jewish donors to make the movie that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, pedophile and a homosexual. He claims to feel bad for the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, but doesn't feel it was his fault: “I feel the security system [at the embassies] is no good,” he says. “America should do something to change it.” Actors in the film claim they were led to believe they were making a movie called “Desert Warriors” and that the anti-Muslim lines were dubbed in later.