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Rehab Report: Singer, Addict Winehouse to Miss Grammys Due to Rehab, No U.S. Visa & More

February 8, 2008
By Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press Writer 

LONDON – Amy Winehouse will not attend this year’s Grammy Awards because her request for a visa was denied, but she will perform by satellite at Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. Winehouse and her acclaimed “Back to Black” album are nominated for Grammys in six categories.
Singer Amy Winehouse arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Los ... 
Singer Amy Winehouse arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, in this June 3, 2007, file photo.
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, file)

Winehouse’s potent blend of blues, jazz, pop and soul has won praise from critics and fans, but her chaotic personal life has increasingly upstaged her music.
Concerned family members regularly beg Winehouse to seek help in letters splashed across the pages of British tabloid newspapers and magazines.
Last month, The Sun newspaper ran still images from a video that it claimed showed Winehouse inhaling fumes from a small pipe. The images were said to have been filmed during a party at her London home.

Shortly thereafter, Winehouse entered a London rehabilitation center, and has been questioned by police.

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Singer Amy Winehouse: Court Ordered Rehab

Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, ... 

Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in Britain to help her battle against drug addiction, her record company said.(AFP/Shaun Curry)
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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
The Washington Post
Friday, February 8, 2008; 12:44 AMRehab: Not just for Amy Winehouse! Suddenly, there is a slew of boldface names checking in:

Kirsten DunstFor what: Too much bubbly?

After hitting the Sundance Film Festival party circuit, Dunst, 25, checked into rehab this week, reports People magazine. Dubbed “Kirsten Drunkst” by the tabloids, she told Jay Leno in 2005 she stocks up on Veuve Cliquot champagne at Costco and “I have lots of alcohol and no food in my fridge. . . . Maybe in a few months you will see me in a rehab clinic.”Eva Mendes

For what: Rep’s not saying.Before temporarily checking out Wednesday, Mendes spent several weeks in a Utah center without reporters knowing she was there. The 33-year-old actress decided to “proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support,” her rep told People.

Delta Burke For what: Depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding (!)Burke, 51, checked into a psychiatric hospital last week to sort out her meds. “They just weren’t working,” she said in a phone interview posted on And her pack-rat problem? “OK, have you seen those shows where they don’t find the body for days, and they go in to clean up, and it’s stacks of newspapers up to the ceiling? That’s hoarding, and I hate it.”


Singer Amy Winehouse: Court Ordered Rehab

February 5, 2008

The Guardian (UK)
February 5, 2008

Singer Amy Winehouse left her London rehab clinic for a few hours to meet officials at the US Embassy.

She was also accompanied by a nurse as the terms of her treatment mean she must remain under supervision at all times.

She was admitted to the Capio Nightingale clinic in north London on January 24, days after a video emerged showing her apparently smoking crack cocaine.

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Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, ... 
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, was admitted Thursday to a rehabilitation clinic to help her battle against drug addiction, her record company said.(AFP/Shaun Curry)

Britney Spears: Two More Weeks In Hospital

February 4, 2008
By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
February 4, 2008 

On Sunday a judge in Los Angeles extended Britney Spears‘ stay in a psychiatric ward two weeks under a section in state law that allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.

The extension was viewed as a safety measure that may permit Ms. Spears time to detoxify or “detox” under supervised conditions.  She is unable to self medicate in the UCLA Medical Center where she is receiving care.
Ms. Spears was to be released Sunday from the Medical Center‘s psychiatric ward after undergoing a 72-hour mental evaluation under California State Code 5150.

The Associated Press reported that Ms. Spears’ extension of detainment Sunday made it unlikely she would appear at a scheduled Monday morning hearing over custody of her children, 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston.
Britney Spears arrives for the grand opening party of LAX nightclub ... 
Britney Spears arrives for the grand opening party of LAX nightclub at the Luxor hotel-casino in Las Vegas, in a Sept. 1, 2007 file photo. A judge extended her stay in a psychiatric ward Sunday Feb.3, 2008 , as doctors decided to keep her hospitalized an additional 14 days.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Ms. Spears, 26, lost custody of the boys to ex-husband Kevin Federline following an incident last month when she refused to return the children after a visit.

Ms. Spears was briefly hospitalized because of her bizarre behavior at that time. On Thursday, she was again hospitalized — apparently due to a family intervention.

On Friday, Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled that Spears needed someone else to take over her personal and financial affairs.  Her father James is now accountable to the court for her care and well being — removing Ms. Spears from her manager and mother.

Spears’ father, James, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted conservatorship, but a court hearing was scheduled Monday afternoon to review the matter.

A UCLA Medical Center spokesman did not immediately return a phone message Sunday seeking comment. Calls to Wallet and attorney Sorrell Trope also were not returned.

Spears’ erratic behavior since she filed for divorce in November 2006 has included appearing in short skirts without underwear, shaving her head, abandoning a car in traffic when it had a flat tire, and recently, holding her dog and sobbing on a sidewalk.

A friend asked me this morning why I was writing about Britney Spears and “pop culture.”  I told him this story was no longer about “pop culture” but is now a familiar saga of drug and alcohol abuse, intervention, mental and medical care and recovery (hopefully).

Ms. Spears is just another media “star” who overused drugs and alcohol.  Now perhaps she can obtain the treatment she needs and return to the spotlight with a new lease on life.

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Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before
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Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before

February 2, 2008

By John E. Carey

A suburban housewife said to me yesterday, “What happened to Britney Spears, all of a sudden.”

The answer is: Nothing.

Like most drug and alcohol abusers, the decline for Britney was prolonged, obvious and intense.
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court ... 
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court on Friday awarded Spears’ father control of his daughter’s affairs following her admission to a hospital psychiatric unit for evaluation, officials said.
(AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys)

The real question that faces all of us when we see such a decline in our own midst is: what can we do to help?

The answer is: Intervention.

Intervention is the loving act of saying enough is enough.

Even in our society that promotes freedom above practically all else there are times to say “Stop.” 

“Enough already” may be the phrase that allows life to continue or, for some, return.

In this image from APTN video, Lynne Spears, center, Britney ...
In this image from APTN video, Lynne Spears, center, Britney Spears’ mother is shown leaving UCLA Medical Center with two unidentified people, early Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Los Angeles. Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance early Thursday and escorted to the hospital by more than a dozen police officers. A Los Angeles police officer, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the 26-year-old pop star was being taken to ‘get help.’
(AP Photo/APTN)

If you see wild and crazy abuse right before your nose, you are doing God’s work to help find solutions.

And intervention does not, to me, mean one visit to one doctor.  Taking a serious drug and alcohol abuser for a doctor’s “visit” is like taking your car with a steering problem to “Jiffy Lube.”  At both places you’ll leave in an hour with a fluid change.

Meaning the doctor will send the abuser/alcoholic to the pharmacy: which is often the wrong course of action.

And you won’t get your steering fixed.

A friend of mine who runs a treatment center called “The Manor House,” one Bill Alexander, said to me once, “Doctors are killing alcohol and drug users every day.”

One of the “treatment” drugs is often Xanax.

Xanax can kill an alcoholic.

Steve Hayes, the Director of Novus Detox said, “We see it every day.”

Steve had been speaking to a man with a problem similar to Brit’s.

“His life is falling apart,” Steve told me. “This is a guy that relied on medical doctors and trusted the drug companies.”

Intervention takes some work.  But it won’t take you as long as the serious drug or alcohol user has invested in ruination.

The article below appeared in 2006.  It is a reminder that everyone knew Britney was in trouble — even then and probably before.

Britney Spears: Pill-Popping Dope Fiend?

Semi-reliable news source In Touch Weekly is reporting that Britney Spears may have made the leap from a mere amateur crotch shot queen and raging booze hound to unabashed, pill-popping dope fiend.

Brit was recently spotted by fellow club-goers in a restaurant bathroom with a purse full of pills, including an anti-depressant, Paxil, and an anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Britney is said to have been popping Xanax like it’s hot – right in front of everyone.

“It looked like a freaking pharmacy in there – I have never seen so many pills,” says a witness. “There was a bottle of Paxil, an antidepressant, and a bottle of Xanax, which treats anxiety, that she took out and put on the counter.”

You’re probably not supposed to mix those drugs, and you’re definitely not supposed to drink while using them.

While both drugs mentioned above are legal if you have a prescription, somehow T.H. Gossip doubts Brit got them from her primary care physician. It’s far more likely Paris Hilton’s pool guy smuggled them up from Tijuana.

This is only the latest event in the ever-evolving Britney Spears train wreck.


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Court: Spears’ dad has temporary control

February 2, 2008
By SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press Writer  

LOS ANGELES – The father of Britney Spears was named her temporary conservator Friday, putting him in control of her welfare a day after she was whisked to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

In a file photo Britney Spears arrives for a post Grammy Awards ... 

Britney. Feb. 8, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. .
(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok/file)

While James Spears was named conservator of the troubled pop star herself, he and an attorney, Andrew Wallete, were name conservators of her estate. The singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, also showed up for the unannounced hearing in Superior Court.

The court also issued a restraining order against Britney Spears’ sometimes manager and friend, Sam Lutfi, and gave permission to change the locks on her estate and remove anyone who is there.

A court creates conservatorships when a person cannot care for themselves or handle their affairs. Commissioner Reva Goetz said Spears would be under conservatorship until Feb. 4, at which time another hearing will be held.

“It is in the best interests of the conservatee to have conservatorship over her person,” Goetz told a packed courtroom.

The conservator will have the power to “restrict visitors,” have around-the-clock security for Spears, and have access to all medical records, Goetz said.

Goetz said conservatorship over the estate was “necessary and appropriate.” She gave approval for the conservator to “take all actions to secure all liquid assets including credit cards.”

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Our Holiday Season: A Good Time To Discuss Drugs and Alcohol in America

December 27, 2007

By John E. Carey
The Washington Times
December 27, 2007

Garber, Oklahoma — John and Mike wait a lonely vigil at the Oklahoma City airport just after midnight. They are there to meet a man they have never seen before. The man is addicted to physician prescribed medications and he is seeking help.

There is a crisis of addicts and alcoholics seeking help overwhelming America’s medical system and privately run treatment centers. Between October and January 1st, many alcoholics and drug addicts – people already on the perilous verge of self destruction even on the best days, start to come apart at the seams.

There is more than anecdotal evidence of this phenomena: one only need ask a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); a member of the community of caregivers, physicians, nurses, counselors and advisors who perform the lonely, often desperate work; or one of the ministers and priest who preach the word of the “Higher Power” to these broken people.

Trying to provide alternatives to alcohol and drugs, especially during the holidays, means teaching detoxification, rehabilitation, hope, prayer and recovery.

Peter arrives in Oklahoma and is greeted by John and Mike. Peter’s face speaks loudly of his agony, fatalism and addiction. He looks like he has been tortured – and he has. He has lost his wife, his business is near collapse and his eight year old daughter urged him to quit. He is here for detoxification and recovery.

Alcohol and dugs are equal opportunity scourges. As a young congressional staff member, I remember Wilbur Mills, then chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and one of the steepest falls from power in congressional history. Alcohol obviously impaired his judgment: and one of the most powerful men in Washington faced the scandal that involved a stripper with the stage name Fanne Foxe or “the Argentine Firecracker,” and an early morning romp in the tidal basin.

It was not a pretty sight – and it never is.

Michael is an alcoholic who suffers from diabetes who has been told by his doctors that he will be blind before long. At about the time of Mr. Mills’ troubles, Michael was practically a national hero. He held a world record in his athletic specialty and a gold medal from the Olympics. Today he suffers the agony of addiction and participates in daily AA meetings: sessions he calls his “lifeline.”

We came to Garber, Oklahoma, to see for ourselves one of the more respected, small and personal drug and alcohol treatment facilities. William (Bill) Alexander owns and manages The Manor House – a place of learning, solace, counseling and serenity for recovering addicts of all kinds.

“A drug is a drug, is a drug,” says Bill. “The addicted person doesn’t care much what substance he used once he makes a commitment to recovery. Once he or she makes the decision to admit that real help is needed and there is a strong desire to make the effort to recover, we provide him or her the tools to do so.”

“Drug use continues to be a serious public health crisis that affects every aspect of our society,” said Charles Curie of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “We must refuse to give up on people who have handed over their aspirations and their futures to drug use. People need to know help is available, treatment is effective and recovery is possible.”

Sara is not yet thirty years old. She attended nine high schools before her state declared her persona non grata. She had been repeatedly caught using and selling drugs in schools.“I have three felony convictions,” Sara told us. “Usually, when I talk to people, there isn’t even time to get into all the misdemeanors.  I was thrown out of a “crack house” for bad behavior. I needed help and I came to Garber to get it. When you reach ‘rock bottom’ sometimes you fear death and pain so much that you have to decide: do I want to live or will I soon die? I chose to live.”

In the most recent SAMHSA survey of drug and alcohol treatment facilities, nearly 13,800 facilities participated, reporting more than 1.1 million clients in treatment. Facilities operated by private non-profit organizations made up the bulk of treatment facilities (59 percent).  Private for-profit facilities made up 28 percent of these services in 2006, with the remaining facilities operated by local governments (7 percent), state governments (3 percent), the Federal government (2 percent) and tribal governments (1 percent).

The number of private for-profit facilities is growing each year. Many addicts, former addicts, and their families highly recommend the personal care, education and attention provided at these facilities. Some larger not for profit facilities we visited had four resident in one bedroom and classes of fifty or more addicts receiving recovery training.

At private facilities, the care is more personalized and tailored to the needs of the individual.

The “system” of treatment options is straining under the pressure of a growing number of addicts seeking recovery and sobriety. In a March 2006 survey of treatment facilities conducted by SAMHSA, ninety-one percent of all non-hospital residential beds and 90 percent of all hospital inpatient beds designated for substance abuse treatment were in use.

There are about 2 million Americans participating in AA meetings. The number of alcoholics and drug users not seeking treatment cannot be accurately measured but care givers put the number in the tens of millions.  Most experts believe about ten percent of America’s population of 300 million has a serious drug or alcohol problem: that’s 30 million Americans. 

This holiday season, treatment facilities and hospitals are at capacity. Trying to find hospital supervised detoxification in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas was next to impossible the week before Christmas. And this is not a regional problem. Shortages exist nation wide. We witnessed troubled addicts seeking help turned away and told to “make an appointment” for a later date: after the holidays or in the springtime.

Addicts in desperate need cannot keep some of those appointments because they die before the “system” can embrace them.

Despite all the blessings and wealth of American life, we still struggle to understand, provide treatment and hold out hope to a growing tidal wave of alcoholics and other addicts. The crisis is particularly explosive between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.

The holiday season is a good time to talk about addiction and treatment in America.

John E. Carey is a frequent contributor to The Washington Times, a former senior U.S. military officer and president of International Defense Consultants, Inc.