It's been a rough month for Kelly Osbourne. Her brother Jack Osbourne announced that he has multiple sclerosis and the diagnosis proved to be too much for her to handle. Kelly—who is in recovery from prescription painkiller addiction—got so drunk on a flight to Atlanta that she had to be carried off the plane by a security guard. Although she initially denied the incident, Kelly is now taking full responsibility. She says her drinking was triggered by a fan offering well-wishes for her brother: "A gentleman came up to me and asked me how my brother was doing and told me about his brother having MS and directed me toward a website," she explains. "On the plane I started looking at the website. It described how bad certain cases of MS got, and it made me lose it because I've sat through my mother having breast cancer, my dad almost dying from a bike accident, and now it's my brother who's my best friend." She admits: "I lost it." However, while most recovery programs stress abstinence from all drugs and alcohol, Osbourne has continued drinking socially and has no plans to stop. "The way I live my life after going to rehab is not the way that most people do," she says. "Yes, I still drink and I've always said that. I do have the occasional drink. I'm not using, I haven't. I won't. I'm not going to do that."
It's common for smokers to become more agitated when they can't have their cigs—now it turns out that such aggression may also appear in their sleep. A new study suggests that a rare sleep disorder in which people violently kick, punch or thrash in their sleep is more common in smokers. The study examined 347 people who suffered from REM sleep behavior disorder and another 347 who didn't. The disorder only affects 0.5% of adults, but those diagnosed are 43% more likely than the average to be smokers, and WebMD reports that 45% of cases are linked to withdrawal from alcohol, sedatives or antidepressants. "Until now, we didn't know much about the risk factors for this disorder, except that it was more common in men and in older people," says study author Dr. Ronald B. Postuma, a sleep researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal. "Because it is a rare disorder, it was difficult to gather information about enough patients for a full study. For this study, we worked with 13 institutions in 10 countries to get a full picture of the disorder." For any sleeping partners of people with the disorder who worry about waking up with a black eye in the morning, possible treatments include muscle relaxers such as Klonopin and changes to the sleep environment, reducing the risk of injury.
- Charlie Sheen: “Rehab Didn’t Work for Me” [ABC News]
Does having tiger blood and Adonis DNA make you immune to rehab? Charlie Sheen thinks so, since he told Good Morning America this week that he “doesn’t believe in rehab anymore.” (Did he ever?) “It’s not for me,” he said. “It’s not for everyone. It’s not a one-size-fits-all and it didn’t fit me.” Given the critical reception to his new show, Anger Management, comedy might not fit him, either.
It may be a paparazzi’s dream to end up driving around with an intoxicated Lindsay Lohan, but it was a nightmare for three men who ended up held captive on a joyride with Lohan back in 2007 after leaving a party. She was ultimately arrested for DUI, and the men sued for false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery. Now, she’s finally settled with them, although details of the settlement haven’t yet been released. Glad to hear she’s putting that Liz & Dick paycheck to good use.
- Pete Doherty Goes to Rehab in Thailand [The Guardian]
Despite a planned appearance at the music festival T in the Park, Libertines frontman (and Kate Moss’ famous ex) Pete Doherty has instead returned to rehab for the umpteenth time—this time going halfway across the world to Thailand for treatment. Doherty’s manager claimed that the “rigorous treatment programme” in Chiang Mai should finally “lead him to recovery once and for all.”
File under “Completely Predictable and Not at All Surprising: Snoop Dogg was detained at a Norwegian airport yesterday after customs officials found eight grams of marijuana in his possession. in Norway, possession under 15 grams is punishable with a mere fine, which amounted to less than $2,000. Reportedly, Snoop paid it promptly and was on his way: a model stoner.
After a violent brawl between R&B stars Drake and Chris Brown’s respective entourages resulted in several injuries, the nightclub in question—New York’s W.i.P. and its adjoining club Greenhouse—have had their liquor licenses suspended, with the organization’s chairman saying they “would not tolerate violent bars that break the law."
Two college students who bonded while in treatment together for anorexia, have founded a non-profit called HEAL to fund treatment for others suffering from eating disorders. Back in 2006, Liana Rosenman, 21, and Kristina Saffron, 20, met in an eating disorder treatment facility in Long Island, New York. During treatment and afterwards, they leaned on each other for support—often helping each other stick to their diet plans and resist counting calories. Now Rosenman, who's studying special education at Hofstra Univeristy in New York, and Saffron, who's studying psychology at Harvard, are healthy and in recovery—and working to help others recover through the non-profit organization they founded: Project HEAL (Help to: Eat, Accept, and Live), which they founded along with a friend, Becky Allen. The women have raised over $180,000 through fundraisers, donations, and grants—so far, they have sent seven women and girls to top of the line eating disorder programs. "We were really lucky in that our insurance paid for most of our treatment, and our parents could pay the rest," says Kristina. "But we saw people who really wanted it and couldn't afford it and ended up relapsing. So one day, we were talking, sort of idealistically, and we said, 'We should do something,' and we planned our first fundraiser." Project HEAL now has ten chapters at colleges across the US. Says Rosenman: "Seeing that we really can give someone their life back—that makes it all worth it."
- Mexico Campaign Bypasses Drug War [Wall Street Journal]
- Pottery Invented in China to Brew Alcohol [BBC]
- Drug Cartel Rivals Behead Zetas on Camera [ABC]
- Chicago Chops Seize 8 Tons of Marijuana [Chicago Sun Times]
- Kelly Osbourne Gets Drunk to Cope [RadarOnline]
- Lindsay Lohan Settles With Passengers From 2007 DUI [E! Online]
- Snoop Dogg Busted With Pot—Again [Access Hollywood]
When Oklahoma cops pulled over a 22-year-old mom called Chantel earlier this year, and arrested her—on camera—for driving a car loaded with meth, she had no idea how her life would change. Tonight she hits our screens on the season premiere of the popular TLC show, DUI. The Fix catches up with the newly-sober reality star-to-be as she relaxes by the poolside with her one-year-old son.
Her drug use began early. "My mom was a drug addict, living a really rough life," she says. "I started with crystal, then alcohol, marijuana..." In fact, it was her mother who first gave her meth at the age of 11—although Chantel doesn't now blame a fellow addict who "didn't know what she was doing." Over the next decade she was a heavy drinker and drug-user, and began selling crystal meth for a living. Her eventual arrest found her "a little bit emotionless, I mean, I already knew what road I was going down." Charged with two felonies as well as a DUI, Chantel continued blotting out reality: when she made her first court appearance in Tulsa—hours late—the judge pronounced, "You appear to be stoned... Who's going to take care of your baby when I put you in jail today?" Sure enough, four different illegal drugs were found in Chantel's system. "Like every addict," she tells us wryly, "I thought I could manage the situation."
After several days in jail, she pleaded guilty and received a four-year deferred sentence—and the chance to live in transitional sober housing with her son. She's been clean and sober since March 17. She describes her five-woman household as "like a sorority for drug addicts," and appreciates the routine and support systems in place. A regular at AA and NA meetings, she prefers the former: "A lot of the time in NA we talk about addiction and the hard times; I like to go to my AA meetings where we talk more about our recovery." She's also had the chance to pick up new life skills, all of which makes her see her arrest as—"Most definitely!"—a good thing.
Chantel seems relaxed at the prospect of her arrest being played out in living rooms across the nation. She'd never have agreed, she says, but DUI's producers asked her, "If you could change one life, would you do it?" She firmly believes that tonight's episode could have this kind of impact: "I want to get my story out there, let people see the reality. It really could help change somebody." And while she's "excited" about a planned future that involves going back to school, for now she's just enjoying "a lot more time" with her son.