Burt Reynolds on his Addiction to Painkillers

Burt Reynolds almost killed himself on Halcion

Moustache-toting Hollywood actor, Burt Reynolds, entered himself into a rehabilitation clinic in Florida in order to receive treatment for his addiction to painkillers. Reynolds fell into the dependency trap after undergoing surgery on his back but after the initial pain subsided he realized he couldn’t stop taking the medication. He checked himself into the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach although the tenure of his stay is unclear.

His manager, Erik Kritzer, issued a statement which said that Reynolds sought help after he “realized he was in the prison of prescription pain pills.”

According to further statements by Kritzer, Reynolds was hopeful that his very public battle against the painkiller addiction would prove to others that to recover from addiction they need to seek professional help or risk being stuck in a perpetual cycle of habitual behaviour and damaging every aspect of their life in the process.

The famous moustache - Burt Reynolds

He checked himself into rehab in order to regain control of his life,” Kritzer said in the statement. “Mr. Reynolds hopes his story will help others in a similar situation. He hopes they will not try to solve the problem by themselves, but realize that sometimes it is too tough to do on their own and they should seek help, as he did.”

But for the star of ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ this was not his first run in with prescription medication. In the 1980s he broke his jaw after an untrained stuntman hit him around the head with a metal chair whilst filming the very first scene of ‘City Heat’ in which he starred alongside Clint Eastwood. Due to injuries incurred by the mistake he was prescribed Halcion, a sleeping drug which was supposed to help him through the pain. Sadly Reynolds became addicted to them and blames his ‘strong constitution’ for allowing him to take up to 50 tablets a day.

50 Halcion a day?” One interviewer asked him.

Yeah, of the blue ones, strong ones. And still talking! “Uh Loni I’m gwong too gowhoa downshtairs.” She’d say, “What, I just gave you three sleeping pills.” My tolerance went up. I would get out of bed and take five pills. And I’d be awake and five or six hours later I’d take five or six more. So, yeah, 50 pills over a 24-hour period.“ He replied.

Burt Reynolds before the moustache took a hold

The jaw injury nearly cost him his career as at the time he was placed on a liquid diet which caused him to shed 50 pounds. He looks back upon that time as one of the most insane periods of his life but has since made good recoveries from both addictions – going cold turkey on the Halcion which resulted in an eight hour coma and doctors calling his wife in to say her final goodbyes..

Shortly after the Halcion episode rumours began to circulate that he had contracted HIV and that made his life even harder. Clearly the rumours were unfounded and Reynolds is still alive and well and certainly not showing any signs of having HIV or AIDS.

Betty Ford left and extraordinary life behind

Betty Ford

Betty Ford, former first lady and founder of the acclaimed Betty Ford Center died at the incredible age of 93 while under the care of medical staff at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho, Mirage. She passed away peacefully as a result of natural causes after a life of trials and tribulations which led to many great achievements.

She was born as Elizabeth Anne Bloomer on the crisp, 1918 spring Chicago morning of April 8th,and the later Mrs. Ford spent her childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the youngest of three children.

In her early days she loved nothing more than dancing and at the age of 16 she moved to Manhattan where she landed her first job as a fashion model. While there she danced in her spare time but after becoming homesick she returned to Michigan in 1941 to be near her family.

Betty Ford young

 

It was there that she first got a taste of selflessly helping others when she opened a dance performance group which taught handicapped children rhythmic movement through styles such as the Foxtrot and Tango.

In 1948 she married Gerald Ford, the 38thPresident of the United States of America and was her second marriage which followed two years after her divorce.

It was during her marriage as the president’s wife that she campaigned for women’s rights and one of her greater achievements was the legalization of abortion. She was a huge advocate of equal rights.

She lived in Washington DC for 30 years with Gerald and in 1974, the same year that Ford was sworn into office following the highly controversial resignation of Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal, Betty was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, an illness that she worked hard to bring to the public’s attention. She keenly impressed upon women the need to undergo screening and subsequent treatment options.

After Gerald’s term as president ended they moved back to Rancho Mirage butdue to a painful episode with a pinched nerve, Betty found herself having to also deal with an alcohol and prescription medicine addiction which took the intervention of her family to overcome. In 1978 she admitted herself into the Long Beach Naval Hospital for treatment, an experience which inspired her to open the Betty Ford Center in 1982.

The recovery center was a great success and has helped over 9,000 men and women, including hundreds of celebrities, to overcome various forms of addiction.

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Her husband Gerald passed away in 2006 but the family legacy is still as strong as ever today with the Betty Ford Center a shining beacon of hope to people with excessive behavioural problems.

Betty penned her experiences in several novels including The Times of My Life(1978), and her journey from chemical dependency to clean living again in the 1987 book Betty: A Glad Awakening.

Her ceaseless work brought her many awards and plaudits which included a 1987 induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom four years later by President George H. W. Bush followed by the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.

Betty Ford’s center will continue to help addicts to rehabilitate; a legacy which has rightly immortalised a caring and benevolent woman who used her own experiences to help others.

Lindsay Lohan's ongoing battle with addiction

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has managed to get herself into more hot water with the law these last few months, having spent more time behind bars, once for violating her probation, and another for failing a drugs test.

Just as things were beginning to look up and having just finished a stint in rehab courtesy of Betty Ford the fresh-out-of-jail star now has a cumbersome felony for grand theft hanging pendulously over her head.

During an interview with ABC News, the 24-year-old’s mother defended her troubled daughter.“I think it’s gonna be a lifelong struggle with addiction. But I think she’s gonna be okay,” she told Chris Cuomo. “She’s a young girl struggling. You know, she’s not perfect…She’s learning as she goes, but she’s learning under a microscope, so I can’t even imagine how that is.”

Dina Lohan believes her daughter’s downfall began in 2004 when she moved to LA at the age of 18. “I knew early on, I just didn’t tell anyone about it. It was a personal situation,” she explained. “You know, you have to be ready as an individual. It’s not just gonna happen. You have to hit your own bottom.”

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Ronnie Wood helps son through rehab

Ron and Jesse Wood

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones has not only spent several stints in rehab but is now helping his son Jesse through treatment for an addiction.

In an interview in Uncut magazine in January 2011, Wood says, “Jesse’s going through rehab…We’re helping each other out…I’m over six months clean and good with it. Boredom is a killer, as is the idea that I can always have just one drink. Once I got rid of that I could take my life back and be more focused at everything, my music and my painting.”

Thirty-four-year old Jesse Wood, who is a guitarist and model, is Ronnie’s son with his first ex-wife Krissy Wood, a former model, who died in 2005 due to an overdose, after battling with ongoing depression.

News of Jesse’s addiction took Stones’ insiders by surprise, particularly as he was regarded as one of the most down-to-earth of the Stones’ siblings.

One said: “He’s one of the most level-headed of all the Stones’ children. It’s a real shock. Jesse’s a really lovely, lovely bloke. Everyone who meets him knows he’s a sweetheart.

‘He’s largely kept out of the limelight and tried to build a normal life for himself. It’s a real shock.”

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Lindsay Lohan's mom admits daughter is addict

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan’s mother has admitted that her wayward daughter is an addict, during an appearance on the Today Show.

In previous interviews, mother Dina had denied Lindsay’s condition and  instead blamed the judge handling the case, according to The People. When questioned by Today’s Matt Lauer why she had done so, she responded: “That was for Lindsay to admit. As a mother it wasn’t for me to come to tell the world … about her problem. That was for her to do. I wasn’t in denial.”

She also commented on Lindsay’s stormy relationship with her father, saying that  it would be good for her daughter if their relationship could be fixed, but also giving her support to “whatever the facility wishes for her. It’s all about Lindsay and her healing.”

Dina also commented that her daughter had already seen some positive improvements since she checked into the Betty Ford Center in California, recently.

“She’s just a different person,“ Dina told Lauer. “She’s been in a couple facilities, but this one to me has really changed her…Lindsay wants to stay, she’s learning the trigger points and why she turns to drugs.“

And, according to her mother, the young actress might be thinking about opening a rehab centre of her own. “She wants to start her own facilities, help other children,”

Lohan was ordered to enter rehab after she failed a drugs test.

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Tom Sizemore's defining role as idiot in sex film

Hot on the heels of his arrest on an outstanding warrant for battery, Tom Sizemore is facing the prospect of drowning in a squall of his own filth as it was revealed he released an hour long sex tape in 2005.

When celebrity sex tapes are mentioned it’s the Paris Hiltons, Rihannas and other female film or music stars whose names crop up, so when someone throws in Tom Sizemore there’s understandable gagging and horror involved.

Paris Hilton and Tom Sizemore star in sex tape. Not together though.

There can be nothing more horrific in fact than watching a middle aged drunk work his way through three prostitutes who have less interest in his drug addled, drunk shenanigans that I have in listening to Lady Gaga speak.

Yet Sizemore excels as the confounded idiot that he truly is; a man so desperately entrenched in the humiliation of not being capable of living up to his ego’s demands that his every utterance is a completely cringe-worthy effort that leaves the viewer feeling nothing less than bilious.

Who really wants to see Tom Sizemore screwing prostitutes?

After waving a 12” dildo around while dressed up in cycling clothes the moon-headed Sizemore complains that his audience and would-be pin cushions are not giving him the attention he deserves, all the while bemoaning his flaccid, uninterested penis. His member clearly isn’t connected to his ego otherwise we’d be witnessing such epic and horrendous scenes as displayed in “A Serbian Film”.

Never before has the male appendage been brandished as such a weapon and never in Tom Sizemore’s life will it be, for the man is short of the intellect to discern between ego and true-self.

"There was a 12 inch dildo round here somewhere..."

His record in life is pretty poor reading. A violent, agitated man with a penchant for ladies of the night, drugs and aclohol who has never been able to come to terms with himself. The closing scenes of his porno flick truly highlight his weakness as he cries for joy at the prospect of getting an erection as an exhausted hooker slobbers all over his sleeping tool and he tries to speak through a mouthful of dry, unexcited labia.

Like raising the Titanic with a fishing rod.

This is Sizemore’s defining role. He is an idiot of epic proportions but his portrayal of a depraved human being falls short of true depravity and ends up looking like something so shambolic that it completely fails to arouse, shock or entertain – missing the pornographic bullseye and indeed any part of the target.

Crocodile tears from the psychotic Tom Sizemore. We all knew it would end like this.

This truly highlights the world that so many celebrities live in with their desperation to remain ‘popular’ or wanted and if this is what it takes for them to perpetuate their position in the public eye then we truly live in pathetic times. INRI – Nature renewed by fire made whole. Oh come ye great fire, come ye today.

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Read about his arrest on Tuesday, his trouble with priapism, as well as other celebs who’ve been implicated in sex tapes such as Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Demi Lovato.

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Drug addled Tom Sizemore arrested due to old warrant

US actor Tom Sizemore has been checked into custody by LAPD on an outstanding warrant for battery after the 49 year-old was arrested at 1:15am  on Tuesday. He was picked up from an apartment building by police who were in the middle of investigating a drug ring and he has been posted bail of $26,000.

Luckily for Sizemore he’s an actor, ergo a celebrity and can therefore pretty much do whatever he wants. With a previous record for domestic violence and drug offences, the former Saving Private Ryan and Natural Born Killers star clearly needs a stint in jail or rehab to straighten him out.

Tom Sizemore releasing the "inner Tom" in Natural Born Killers.

Having featured in Celebrity Rehab, a reality TV stab at fixing broken celebs (and they are legion) Sizemore still hasn’t found the antidote to his problems and like most other fame seekers is a very sick individual.

The VH1 series was obviously created as entertainment instead of a genuine attempt to heal the celebrities who took part, they themselves there for the publicity due to the fact that their careers were on the decline.

Tom Sizemore 'stars' in Celebrity Rehab - a career low.

Reality TV is the new escape route for ailing TV companies who have thrown billions and billions of dollars at sitcoms and dramas in the past. Cheap to produce and cheaper to repeat, these shows really are as low as it gets. Who really wants to see what celebrity X is doing with their bikini line or who snogged who in the Big Brother house?

Sizemore sure isn’t the fisrt and certainly won’t be the last to fall into the reality TV, drug and self-degeneration trap because that’s what fame does. You either achieve such celestial levels of success that you become untouchable, or you struggle to keep afloat and rely on whatever scraps of publicity you can get to perpetuate your addiction to attention.

You are watching the future of television.

Either way, the detachment from reality is embarrassing, but worse still is the impact their behaviour has on young, impressionable minds in what appears to be a growing trend of fame seeking kids who are led to believe they can be a star by misleading Reality TV shows, boy/girl bands, Pop Idol and countless other cheap, media warfare weapons of mass distraction.

Yes Obama, we need a massive change in the media.

As for Sizemore, he’ll probably worm his way out of this latest spat, tidy up for a while and then who knows? Maybe in a few months I’ll be writing about him again because the one thing you can guarantee about celebrities is that they always give you another chance.

All publicity is good publicity, right?

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Read about other celebs in drug related incidents like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Nicholas Cage and Amy Winehouse.

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Amy Winehouse puts her career in doubt with drunken Serbian showing

Amy Winehouse is back to her potent best – as a drunk party clown. This comes much to the disdain of her supporters who flocked to see her perform in Belgrade, Serbia as the first part of her European tour.

The much maligned songstress stumbled onto the stage and managed a hatful of songs during which she sang the wrong words and, to infuriate fans even more, mistook Belgrade for New York and Athens.

There’s drunk, and there’s Amy Winehouse.

Did Amy Winehouse star in Dawn of the Dead?

There is so much good will towards the well publicised alcoholic and despite her excesses it’s her talent as a singer and songwriter that still draws people in. Amy Winehouse is for all intents and purposes a modern day siren; her beautiful voice calling to the lost whereupon she cruelly sends their hopes crashing against the rocks of her addictions amid storms of self-abuse and loathing.

The saddest part of it all is that Winehouse showed absolutely zero respect for her Serbian supporters who paid in excess of €35 (3,500 dinars) which equates to around 10% of the average Serbian monthly income.

The fans in turn reacted angrily and dubbed the show as “the worst concert of all time.”

Amy Winehouse has further fuelled anger amongst her followers by cancelling two more concerts in Athens and Istanbul respectively, but has offered an apology saying that she felt her decision was the right choice because she was unable to perform to the best of her abilities.

Shame she can’t say the same about knocking back a bottle of wine before playing in Belgrade.

Amy Winehouse on a promo shoot in Dalston, London - January 2011

The English singer is no stranger to controversy but her actions of late indicate an individual who hasn’t learned from previous mistakes, and though she may well be viewed as a tragic, soul genius in the future in much the same way we see Billie Holiday now, the only core similarity they share is self-denigration.

A role model to Winehouse perhaps, certainly there are parallels between her and Billie Holiday

Winehouse is a good case for study though, a role model in how not to be; addiction has consumed her and all she cares for is hedonism. The good will she’s enjoyed to now will only last so long as people’s patience and wallets wear thin. She clearly has no desire to break free of her drug and alcohol addictions otherwise stints at The Priory would have fixed her.

The spiral for Winehouse only descends and yet there is tragedy in all this chaos; tragedy that a talented singer with soul has walked the wrong path with the wrong people. She has opted out of living in favour of drunken nights at her favourite Camden Town pubs which must come a lot easier than penning new material or drying out long enough to rehearse for a tour.

I pity her fans for they have invested their faith in a withering sandstorm.

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Read about other Amy Winehouse incidents including her collapse last year, hospitalisation after falling, smoking despite health issues, or take a look at fellow celebrities like Charlie Sheen and Nicholas Cage making fools of themselves.

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Jessica White puts cocaine OD behind her and looks to a bright future

Jessica White may not always have been the archetypal good girl, with a cocaine OD and a pending assault charge on her record, but despite those issues she’s counting her blessings and looking at life in a positive way.

Her current list of plus points includes a starring role in the video for Kelly Rowland’s latest musical offering, the upcoming launch of her skincare line, a docu-series which she’s currently filming for Oxygen, and her proudest venture, The Angel Foundation, a women’s philanthropic organization.

Right now she’s happy with the way her life is going, “I’m living out every girl’s dream,” says the former model.

The trial for the alleged assault still looms large over her and opening statements are penned for May, but the 26 year-old former model is stoic about her involvement in the altercation.

“I never denied getting into an altercation,” says White. “But people painted me to be the bad girl, which was 110 percent false.”

She maintains it was an act of self-defence. “I was flagging a cab, and she came from behind me and pushed me.”

She refutes claims that she started the fight and has video evidence to corroborate her side of the story. “I didn’t strike her until she hit me in the face. I don’t lash out at innocent people.”

White also says that the incident was not a backlash from her split with Sean Penn and that she in fact abhors violence in all its forms. Having been the victim and witness of abusive relationships stretching back to her childhood she prefers to live a peaceful, harmonious life.

At the age of 14 she was subjected to molestation by a family member, and not only did she have to deal with the hurt and shame alone but was left scarred by the incident.

“I had to go through the hurt secretly,” she said on the matter. “I look at modelling as a saviour, because [it allowed me] to leave and travel to Paris and New York when I could finally relax and be out of the abusive environment.”

[adsense]Although Paris seemed like the ideal place to start over she quickly became lonely and desperate which by the age of 17 led her to an even more destructive relationship with cocaine.

By the age of 20 she had overdosed but the harsh reality of drug addiction helped her see the truth of things and through that experience she was able to move on.

“I was going to lose everything,” she offered. “[I saw my] whole life flash before me. But I was lucky, because I came face to face with evil, and it wasn’t something I liked seeing.”

Her story took a much more positive turn after a few months recuperation and she worked hard to mend the bridges she felt she’d burned through overuse of cocaine. She turned to her mother for help and now, free of drugs, sees her as her best friend.

“I truly am living out what true joy and happiness means, I’m in the best place possible.”

Please share your thoughts on Jessica White’s inspiring story by leaving a comment.

Read about Lady Gaga, Stephen Fry, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss and Whitney Houston who have all had trouble with cocaine in the past.

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Drug addled Charlie Sheen admits to porn star he’s losing his teeth

Hollywood hellraiser and star of hilarious sitcom Two And Half Men, Charlie Sheen, has been admitted to rehab after a booze and drugs binge that lasted 36 hours involving various porn ‘actresses’, and in which he admitted that he had lost all his teeth and had them replaced with veneers.

But his continued drug use has destroyed the veneers too and they have now been replaced with gold replicas, according to a 22-year-old porn star who liaised with him during a drug party at his home in LA.

Kacey Jordan - Charlie Sheen didn't recognise her with clothes on

Filthy actress Kacey Jordan, admitted that she and Sheen had “quick sex” during which the actor bemoaned the state of his decaying maw.

“All his teeth have fallen out from partying. He kept saying ‘f***** porcelain teeth… they’re crap’,” said the reliable and erudite source. “He wouldn’t say why, but we all know it’s because of the drug use,” she continued brightly.

Romantic Sheen ordered $20,000 of cocaine that he smoked from a pipe whilst they enjoyed sex movies. After their meaningful sex session, he then wrote her a cheque for over $30,000 and warmly invited her to be part of his “porn family” in a house he intends to inhabit with talented porn actresses so that he can admire their acting prowess on a regular basis. So, a little bit like a brothel then.

Cue Charlie “Hugh Hefner” Sheen.

The precocious Jordan also said that Sheen punched holes in a wall and screamed furiously when one of the other actresses damaged his car as she was leaving the soiree and that she feared another ‘plaza incident’ (the night Sheen destroyed a hotel room while porn star Capri Anderson cowered uncharacteristically naked in the bathroom.)

[adsense]Sheen is surprisingly TV’s highest-paid star, earning a staggering $2million for every episode of Two And A Half Men.

A spokesman for the star claims he is suffering from a hernia and said the pain he was in was caused from laughing too much. Although he later sent an SMS from rehab that read ‘I’m fine. People don’t seem to get it. Guy can’t have a great time and do his job also? Bunch of turds.’

If you are worried that laughter might be causing irrevocable damage to your teeth, avoid watching sitcoms and seek the advice of a dentist.

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Read more Charlie antics like the Capri Anderson incident, past drug addictions and rehab,  his third divorce and how Lindsay Lohan is worried about him.

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