Tag: addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.

Elissa Rosenthal Died and was Brought Back to Life

Elissa Rosenthal Died and was Brought Back to Life

Elissa Rosenthal is an actress and writer, known for 5am (2013), Live Nude Girls (2014) and The Tommy O Show Starring America (2011). She grew up in Long Island, New York, graduated the Second City Conservatory at age 19, and performed with Second City for 7 years. For 5 years she toured as a stand-up comedian and In the midst of that pursuit, she struggled with addiction. Listen as she talks about her family, her death, and sings lullabies as Christina and Britney!

Elissa is a well known Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears impersonator on the Internet and also goes by the name Elissa Staci. Here is one of her videos. (Warning: adult content, but really, what on this podcast isn’t explicit…)


See more at https://www.youtube.com/user/ElissaRosenthal and Tweet to her at @Elissarrr

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Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames is an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director who starred in 22 network series and has a long list of credits. Despite his Hollywood successes, low self-esteem, overbearing parents and childhood stardom were only the beginning of his struggles. His career faltered. After an appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, his life completely fell apart and Willie ended up in bankruptcy, homeless and divorced. While pulling himself up by his bootstraps, Willie took an out-of-the-blue opportunity and became a 6-star cruise director. His whole life turned around. Listen to this AMAZING Hollywood story where the happy ending truly happens on a love boat.

Willie Aames was born in Newport Beach, California. He began acting in the late 1960s as a child actor and appeared in shows such as Gunsmoke, The Wonderful World of Disney, Adam-12, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. In 1971, he originated the role of Leonard Unger, the son of Felix Unger (Tony Randall), on the ABC-TV series The Odd Couple, a part that was later played by Leif Garrett. The following year, he voiced the character of Jamie Boyle in the animated series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

He guest-starred on various television series, and in 1977, he landed the role of Tommy Bradford in the comedy-drama Eight Is Enough. During this period, he played in a band called “Willie Aames & Paradise,” in which he was lead singer/guitarist. The group eventually landed a recording contract with CBS Custom Label. During this time, Willie appeared in his first movie role in Scavenger Hunt. After the series ended in 1981, he appeared in more film roles, including Zapped! opposite Scott Baio, and Paradise with Phoebe Cates.

Before portraying the role of Buddy Lembeck in Charles in Charge in 1984, Willie played the character of Robbie Hamlin on the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night. From 1983 to 1985, he was the voice of Hank on the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. Willie began the role of Miles Peterson / Bibleman in the direct-to-video Christian superhero series from 1995 to 2003, before leaving due to wanting to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by Robert T. Schlipp.

For some years, Willie has been fighting his alcohol addiction. In 2008, he faced private bankruptcy and working construction jobs after investing in a failed TV show and ongoing drug abuse. He successfully managed to get clean and continue working successfully as a director, screenwriter, and cruise ship director.

After a 5-year hiatus from Hollywood, Willie returned to his roots in the acting and film-making splitting his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC with his wife.

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Amy Dresner Smoked, Snorted, and Had Lots of Sex

Amy Dresner Smoked, Snorted, and Had Lots of Sex

Amy Dresner wrote My Fair Junkie, a horrifyingly truthful, gritty, extremely raw memoir that, believe it or not, is also funny. From a wealthy, squeaky-clean childhood to a woman who was “out of her mind,” addicted to alcohol, drugs, and sex. After rehab, relapse, domestic violence, divorce, three suicide attempts, and losing everything, she finally came to a place – a seismic psychological shift – of reclaiming her life.

Author and comedian Amy Dresner brings readers a raucous, inspiring story of redemption, and ultimately an insightful tale of courage and metamorphosis: My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean (Hachette Books; September 12, 2017). The book is a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman’s twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side.

Growing up in Beverly Hills, the only child of a comedy writer and a fashion designer, Amy believed that everything was always funny and turned out right. And she needed to believe it. If you could snort it, smoke it, shoot it, or have sex with it, she did. It was never her dream to become an Olympic athlete of self-destruction, but that’s what happened.

Amy had managed to dodge any real repercussions of her 20-year battle with addiction despite six rehabs, four psych wards, three suicide attempts, and twenty grand mal seizures.

But on Christmas Eve of 2011, that all changed. She was high on Oxycontin, in a shitty marriage, and she pulled a knife on her then husband. She was promptly arrested for felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon.

Within months, she found herself in a psych ward, penniless, abandoned by her then husband, and looking at 240 hours of community service. For the next two years she would sweep up syringes on Hollywood Boulevard as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting life over in her 40s. My Fair Junkie is the shameless, hilarious, and unfortunately true account of it all.

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor for the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also freelanced for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 20, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog titled Coming Clean.

For more information, please visit: www.amydresner.com

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Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

The Addict Whisperer, Anna David has been sober for more than 17 years and has an impressive list of accomplishments. She is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, hosts the top recovery podcast, Recover Girl, with guests ranging from Moby to Dr. Drew to our own ANT. She’s appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew and more, as well as contributing to publications like The New York Times, Time and Cosmo.  Her second chance didn’t get wasted.  Hear how she turned it into a mega-rich career that also helps others.

Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), and Falling For Me (HarperCollins, 2011) and the editor of the anthology Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010). Her book By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, co-written with Tom Sizemore, was a New York Times bestseller.

Anna David was the sex and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show and has been featured on The Talk Hannity, Red Eye, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez Mitchell and The Insider as well as on various other programs on Fox News, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E!.

In January 2012, Anna created True Tales of Lust and Love, a storytelling show that premiered at The Mint in Los Angeles and which features female writers and comedians telling or reading stories. In August 2013, the show moved to Mbar. The show has featured Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Jen Kirkman, Jillian Lauren and Cindy Chupack, and the all-male show in June 2013 featured Paul F. Tompkins. An anthology of essays that have been performed at the show will be released in January 2014 by Counterpoint/SoftSkull.

In June 2013, Anna launched AfterPartyChat.com, a website focused on addiction and recovery. AfterPartyChat has featured exclusive interviews with Dr. Drew Pinsky and original content by Nic Sheff among others.

She created the Recover Girl podcast and the recovery storytelling show Hammer(ed) Time and speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery. Through both in person workshops and online coaching, she helps people transform their biggest messes into the message they deliver the world.

Want to write a book on your recovery story? Listen to find out how to contact Anna for help.

Twitter: @annabdavid
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabdavid/
Instagram: @annabdavid
Websites: annadavidcoaching.com & annadavid.com

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Film Star and Comedian Jamie Kennedy is no stranger to struggle.  Hear his hilarious audition story with famed director Baz Luhrmann, his failures and success and the second chance that came dressed as a German Surgeon.

When Kennedy first arrived in Los Angeles, he became a professional Hollywood extra. During his first night in L.A., he was reading a Joan Rivers autobiography in a diner when the waiter explained to him that he had been in a dozen movies as an extra. Kennedy asked, “If you’ve been in so many movies, why are you a waiter?” The waiter responded, “I have to keep my day job.”

After a few years of struggling, Kennedy was unable to find an agent and worked as a host at Red Lobster. He auditioned for over 80 commercials and could not book one. He then took a job as a telemarketer, and learned that he had a talent in selling things. Kennedy then thought that if he could sell anything, “Why not sell myself?”, becoming his own agent.

Kennedy created a false persona, screen agent “Marty Power,” to attract the attention of real agents and managers over the phone, who would later book his performances. He came to prominence in the late 1990s for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream film series. His lead role as Tim Avery in Son of the Maskearned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor.

Kennedy formed a production company called Wannabe Producers, alongside Josh Etting, through which he has produced the shows The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blowin’ Up, The Starlet, and Living with Fran. Kennedy wrote an autobiography titled, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The book chronicles his life in Hollywood as he attempts to become a star. It gives background on his life and family, and quickly dives into his adventures.

A performer of stand-up comedy, he is also known for his sketch performances on his television reality show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB Network’s highest-ranking new show in 2002, but which was cancelled in April 2004 due to falling viewership. In 2006, Jizzy Entertainment released Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special. In 2008, Kennedy released the documentary Heckler, about the plight of stand-up comics versus their often-aggressive audiences. In 2007, he appeared in Criminal Minds as a cannibal satanist serial killer.

Jamie is still a working actor in Los Angeles, having gone on to host and play in many television shows and movies.

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Homeland star Maury Sterling drops by to talk about the 70’s, his acid-infused childhood and the second chance that brought him to stardom. This inspiring story of darkness turned to light will move you.

Maury was born and raised in Mill Valley, California. As a kid he loved spending time at Muir Beach with his dog Fred, riding his Mongoose and doing local theater. Growing up, he was fortunate enough to be exposed to a wide variety of artists and teachers; the likes of Joseph Campbell, Mickey Hart, the Gyoto Monks, his Holiness the Dalai Lhama, Peter Coyote, Lorna Strand and others. He was also fortunate to travel a great deal; Crete, France, Scotland, England, and Canada.

Maury chose to go to UCLA to get some distance from home and take a serious stab at Los Angeles. Upon graduating, Maury dove into life as a full-time professional actor.  He continued his studies at Circle in the Square in NY and ACT in San Francisco before settling back down in Los Angeles.

Over the years Maury has appeared in numerous commercials, guest spots, shorts, films and tv series.  Maury’s Film credits include Veronica Mars, Coherence, Kung Fu Panda 2, A-Team, Smokin Aces Assassins Ball, Smokin’ Aces, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Frolic,  Frankie and Johnny Get Married, The Illusion Hart’s War, Impostor, Bulletproof, and Outbreak. His TV credits include Extant, Homeland, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, the ABC Pilot Gilded Lily’s, In Plain Sight, Longmire, Private Practice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lie to Me, Dollhouse, Cold, Case, Close to Home, 24, ER, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami, Judging Amy, CSI, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Angel, The Pretender, and numerous others.

In his off-time, Maury likes to spend time with his dogs, his family, riding horses, practicing kung fu, and getting away to Montana at the G-M Ranch.  He is proud to be married to the beautiful Alexis Boozer Sterling.

www.officialmaurysterling.com

Photo by Michael Tighe.

Mary Carey: Love Addict, Not Sex Addict

Mary Carey: Love Addict, Not Sex Addict

Adult Film Mega-Star and this generations voice for girl power, Mary Carey has had an illustrious life.  A rough childhood brought her to the edge but that little voice inside had other plans for her.  Listen to her story of redemption, porn mega stardom, a run for California Governor, self-doubt, holding on and letting go.

Cleveland native Mary Carey was born into what could be charitably called a dysfunctional family. Both of her parents were mentally handicapped (her mother had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic) and she was taken away from her parents by her grandparents when she was three months old. After her parents divorced, her mother moved in with Mary and her grandparents. At seven years of age the family moved from Cleveland to Florida, and the next year Mary was legally adopted by her grandparents.

Mary continued in Florida with the dance lessons she had started taking in Cleveland, and was a straight-A student in school. Her stage debut occurred at 12 years of age when she performed “The Nutcracker” with the Miami City Ballet, and she was bitten hard by the performing bug. Her dancing skills were honed by attendance at a prestigious dance school, and she was being offered dance scholarships from many different institutions. Then, at age 16, her grandfather developed lung cancer and died within a few months. Her grandmother’s Parkinson’s Disease worsened, and on top of that her body began to develop and she no longer had the thin body considered desirable for a ballerina. She was told to lose weight and get a breast reduction, but instead decided to leave ballet altogether and tried out for and won a place on the dance team at Florida State University, where she was enrolled. In the meantime her grandmother’s health deteriorated even further, and soon their financial situation became precarious. In order to keep their head above water, Mary looked around for a job that could pay the kind of money they needed, and found a job as a model on an adult Internet site. From there, she landed a job as a stripper. She saw that the strippers who commanded the big money were the featured girls, and an agent told her that the best way to become a featured stripper was to get a following doing porn. She traveled to Los Angeles and made the rounds of the adult-film producers and studios, eventually landing a job with Playboy TV.

Just prior to the recall campaign against California Governor Gray Davis, Mary signed a contract with Kick Ass Pictures, and as a publicity gag they came up with the idea that Mary should enter the field of a dozen or so candidates trying to replace Davis, so she soon publicly declared her intention to run for governor. The stunt worked out far better than they had hoped for, as Mary’s bubbly personality and sense of humor about herself, her profession and the campaign itself – not to mention her beauty – endeared her to the California public. Although some political pundits wrote her off as a joke, her “campaign” received extensive coverage in the statewide media and she drew enthusiastic crowds at her appearances. Although she didn’t win the election, she did manage to garner more than 11,000 votes. After the election Mary continued to turn out videos, which continue to sell well, and she is, besides Jenna Jameson, one of the porn stars most recognized by the general public.

[Biography courtesy of IMDb, written by frankfob2@yahoo.com]

Website: www.marycarey.com (adult content)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marycarey/
Twitter: @realmarycarey

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