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Lena Dunham: I'm 6 Months Sober

'Girls' star got addicted to Klonopin

(Newser) - Lena Dunham is six months sober after getting addicted to the anxiety medication Klonopin, People reports. The Girls star said during an appearance on Dax Shepard's podcast that her anxiety and PTSD got so bad she easily found a doctor to prescribe the drug. "I was having crazy... More »

Lawyer: Ryan Lochte Finally Getting Help for Longtime Issue

Olympic swimmer will seek treatment for 'destructive' alcohol addiction

(Newser) - A hotel altercation this week has forced an Olympic champion to seek treatment for a longtime problem. TMZ Sports reports swimmer Ryan Lochte found himself in trouble Thursday after he tried to bust through his own hotel room door in the middle of the night in Newport Beach, Calif. He... More »

Affleck's Ex 'Had to Let Him Hit Bottom': Source

'Saturday Night Live' producer Lindsay Shookus tried to keep him sober, source says

(Newser) - Seems addiction is having a huge impact on Ben Affleck's life. Not only is he back in rehab, a source tells People that Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus broke up with him over his struggles: "Lindsay had been supporting Ben’s sobriety and going to meetings with... More »

Pic of Affleck Was 'Tipping Point' for Ex's Intervention

Report says Jennifer Garner drove him to 3rd stint in rehab Wednesday after photo of him with booze

(Newser) - The "tipping point" that led Jennifer Garner to stage an intervention and get estranged husband Ben Affleck into rehab came from a photo. That's what sources tell TMZ , which reports the 46-year-old actor left his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Wednesday with Garner and an unidentified woman... More »

The Knock at 3am to Report a Death Wasn't the Family's Last

The 'Tennessean' looks at the toll the opioid crisis has had on the Baltzes

(Newser) - Just before Christmas 2015, former 3 Doors Down bassist Robert "Todd" Harrell was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in a fatal 2013 crash that occurred on Nashville's I-40. He was driving at 101mph when he clipped a pickup being driven by Paul Shoulders Jr.... More »

10 Best, Worst States on Gambling Problems

From Nevada to Nebraska

(Newser) - One state stands alone when it comes to residents with gambling problems—and yes, it's Nevada. It's the only state to crack 60 out of a total score of 100 in a new ranking by WalletHub of "gambling-addicted states," though three others did surpass 50. Essentially,... More »

One Addict's Death Illustrates Sprawling Rehab Industry

'New York Times' explores legal fight involving American Addiction Centers

(Newser) - One aspect of the story is fairly straightforward: An alcoholic who also happened to have a chronic lung disease checks into a California rehab clinic to get clean and is found dead in his bed the next morning. But the death of Gary Benefield is just a launching point for... More »

Addicts on Dr. Phil Say They Were Given Booze, Drugs

STAT/'Boston Globe' probe reveals 'callous and inexcusable exploitation,' per one critic

(Newser) - Dr. Phil McGraw prides himself for pulling people out of addiction, but a new report from STAT and the Boston Globe alleges he may have put some at-risk guests right back into it. Ex-guests on McGraw's syndicated talk show, including a former winner of TV's Survivor, say as... More »

ESPN President Resigns, Writes of 'Embarrassment'

John Skipper says he will tend to a substance problem

(Newser) - ESPN President John Skipper resigned Monday to tend to what he frames as a long-running but unspecified substance problem. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem,... More »

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Fate Was Sealed With One Question

'I've been thinking I want to try to have a drink again. What do you think?'

(Newser) - It's been nearly four years since Philip Seymour Hoffman's stunning fatal overdose , and longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell reflects on the loss in a poignant essay at Vogue . O'Donnell writes movingly of their friendship-turned-courtship and how Hoffman spoke openly of his struggles with drugs and alcohol back... More »

Google Is a Dangerous Place for Addicts Seeking Help

There's no shortage of scammers looking to take advantage of people at their lowest

(Newser) - The internet can be a dangerous place for people seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction. And that's bad news for many Americans, as a Google study found 61% of people who enter rehab used the internet to find treatment. Search a phrase like "rehabs near me" on... More »

True Blood Actor Died After Trying to Detox: Family

Father of Nelsan Ellis says his son's body simply gave out during alcohol withdrawal

(Newser) - The family of Nelsan Ellis has confirmed what his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, said immediately after his death : that the True Blood actor died of complications from heart failure. Now more details are emerging, with Ellis' father revealing to the Hollywood Reporter through Saines that Ellis' heart failure had come... More »

Parents Who Can't Stop Using, Kids Sent to Foster Care

The US foster system is overwhelmed because of the opioid epidemic

(Newser) - "I felt like I lost my mom to this pit that I couldn't pull her out of." That's how 20-year-old Brianna McLaughlin describes her mom, Kelly, after the former Head Start caseworker became addicted to OxyContin, then heroin, after neck surgery. As Julia Lurie details for... More »

Man Collects 50 BMWs but Loses Wife, Kids, and Freedom

Inside a strange addiction to German automotive engineering

(Newser) - Terrance's addiction cost him his family, job, and home. But it wasn't a need for drugs, or alcohol, or gambling that landed the Colorado accountant in a psychiatric hospital and high-security prison; it was an addiction to BMWs, Jalopnik reports in an unbelievable piece on the incredible lure... More »

Addict Jailed to Protect Unborn Baby Gives Birth

Alabama woman admitted she used heroin daily, police say

(Newser) - A pregnant drug addict who made headlines last year when a judge sent her to jail to protect her fetus has given birth, AL.com reports. Lawyers for Alexandra Nicole Laird, 21, moved to have the new mom released on bond to a detox program following Tuesday's birth. Laird... More »

Maker of OxyContin Sued by Drug-Addled City

Complaint filed by Everett, Wash., says Purdue Pharma valued profits over people

(Newser) - What does a city do when its citizens are wracked with opioid addiction? Sue the maker of one of the most well-known brands is the route Everett is taking, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Washington city of 100,000 north of Seattle filed a complaint Thursday against Purdue Pharma,... More »

The VA Pumped Vets With Opioids. Now There's a Bigger Problem

How ex-service members got hooked on painkillers, and how the VA is letting them down: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Veterans who return from service not only have to deal with everyday re-entry issues (finding jobs, reacclimating to life with family and friends), but also with the injuries and PTSD they may have brought home with them. To cope with the physical and mental pain, many of them are prescribed... More »

Sad Reason Why Ex-Inmate's Freedom Lasted Just 103 Days

Dealing with mental illness, addiction in Mass. prisons and in real world stacks deck against certain prisoners

(Newser) - It can be tough for ex-inmates to stay out of trouble when they get out prison, but for those with drug problems or battling mental illness in Massachusetts, the transition is even more of a struggle, per a piece by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team. A Department of Correction... More »

A Slot Machine's Deception, a Man's Tragic Death

Scott Stevens killed himself after a 6-year gambling addiction—were the machines to blame?

(Newser) - About 1% of the US population (around 3.2 million Americans ) has a gambling disorder, per the National Center for Responsible Gaming —and the Atlantic tells the tragic story of one of those addicts and how a lawsuit took the entire industry to task for his death. Scott... More »

Surgeon General: More People Use Opioids Than Tobacco

And other surprising news from surgeon general's first report on substance addiction

(Newser) - The latest (and first) surgeon general's report on substance addiction was released Thursday, and it offers up a surprising slew of factoids. Per NPR , Dr. Vivek Murthy says more people are hooked on prescription opioids than tobacco, 50% more people (20.8 million, per recent estimates) have substance abuse... More »

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