Addiction INTRO (famous addicts)

Graded Discussion (Out of 5)
• 1 person at a time (Facilitator?)
-1 Point
• Everyone speaks once (2 Freebies)
-1 Point
• (At least) 5 subtopics related to
-1 Point
• Time (At least 20 minutes) &
No lapse in speaking >15 seconds
-1 Point
• Side chatter (nada)
-1 Point
Tragedies & Success Stories
• Addiction Defined: Compulsion to use
despite negative circumstances.
• Two Types:
– Chemical Dependency
– Process or Behavioral Addiction
Both defined by loss of control and
fundamental changes in the brain.
There is only one reason why men become
addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong
men are cured, and they cure themselves.
--Martin H. Fischer
Do You Agree?
John Belushi
Born: January 24,
Died: March 5, 1982
Died of Cocaine and Heroin Overdose
Drew Barrymore
Troubled times came for Barrymore, when she tried alcohol for the
first time at age 9, and marijuana at age 10. Soon after, she turned
to cocaine, and was forced into ASAP Family Treatment Center, a
drug rehab clinic. July 1989 was her all-time low; she
unsuccessfully attempted suicide, and was sent back to rehab.
Richard Lewis
“The more help you get, the better. And the more time you spend
being sober, the better. If a person has a problem and admits it,
even for just a day, it's not wasted. It's never wasted. When you
stop waking up in the morning with the same clothes on, feeling
hung over, nauseated or sick, your life is better.”
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness;
looking for peace. They chase idle dreams,
addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to
fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is
the only place they ever needed to search was
--Ramona L. Anderson
River Phoenix
Born: 1970
Died: 1993
Died of Heroin Overdose
Janis Joplin
Born: 1943
Died: 1970
At that time her addiction to drugs was increased with
the use of the heroin, besides to become absolutely alcoholic.
The whiskey mark "Southern Comfort" became famous
because of her.
Brian Jones
Born: 1943
Rolling Stones Guitarist
Died by drowning in a swimming pool while he was drunk and on various drugs.
Elvis Presley
Born: 1942
Died: 1970
Elvis Presley was a great singer. He was not only a
singer he was also a actor. He helped create the first
nationwide sweep of rock and roll music. Elvis sold more than
500 million records and 33 movies. Unfortunately his addiction
with drugs caused him to die due to overdose.
Whitney Houston
The Sun quoted Whitney’s sister-in-law as saying: "The truth needs
to come out. Whitney won't stay off the drugs. It's every single day.
It's so ugly. Everyone is so scared she is going to overdose."
Whitney is now divorcing Bobby Brown, who many believe is
responsible for her drug addiction, and is making a career comeback.
Matt Perry
Checked himself into rehab for addiction to prescription pills
in the past and has had an on/off battle with his addiction ever
since. Perry admitted at one stage he was taking around 30
pills and drinking up to two pints of vodka a day, a level of
abuse which resulted in him being rushed to hospital after
suffering a violent seizure.
Mary Kate Olsen
Rumors abound that Mary-Kate Olsen went into rehab to help
her win her battle with anorexia and cocaine addiction. MaryKate's father checked her into the $29,850 30 day program at
Cirque Lodge in Utah.
Kurt Cobain
Born: 1967
Died: 1994
Depression either stemming from or leading to
Alcoholism, Marijuana, Smoking and Heroin ultimately
committing suicide in 1994.
"That, of course, is the devil's bargain of addiction:
a short-term good feeling in exchange for the
steady meltdown of one's life."
--Daniel Goodman
Chris Farley
Born: 1964
Died: 1997
Overdose (Cocaine/Heroin)
Nicole Richie
In February 2003, Richie was arrested for possession of
heroin, a felony, and driving with a suspended license, a
misdemeanor. She posted a $10,000 bail to appear in the first
season of The Simple Life.
Keith Moon
Born: August 23, 1946
Died: September 7, 1978
He was the drummer for “The Who.” He Died of an overdose of pills that were
meant to combat his alcoholism or just drug overdose.
Kate Moss
In London Kate Moss was caught on camera using cocaine. This was outside a
London recording studio where she was snorting and chopping the cocaine. The
usage due in part to the industry in which she is working.
“We may think there is willpower involved, but
more likely… change is due to want power.
Wanting the new addiction more than the old
one. Wanting the new me in preference to the
person I am now.”
--George Sheehan
Keith Urban
Nicole (Kidman) and Keith had signed a pre-nup to safe-guard Kidman's
$150 million. In the event of a split Keith would receive just over
$600,000 a year for every year they were together. There's an additional
clause that allows Nicole to leave the marriage without providing any
money to Keith, an ex-cocaine addict, if he uses illegal narcotics or
drinks excessively.
Brad Nowell
Born: 1968
Died: 1996
Lead Singer of Sublime. Died of Heroin Overdose.
Jodie Sweetin
Starred in Full House as Stephanie Tanner
Married in 2002,but recently filed for divorce because of her secret addiction to
Crystal Meth. Started Meth experimentation when she was bored and
unemployed. It soon became a habit and her ex-cast mates staged an
intervention. Entered 6 week program and has been sober since March last
Dave Navarro
Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been popping up to a case of Coke every
day while at Promises, according to Star. But all that caffeine
is making Brit a less than exemplary patient, say Star sources:
"She’s been very demanding … refuses to pick up after herself
and even asked if she could hire a maid."
Jerry Garcia
Born: 1942
Died: 1995
Died of Heart Failure from years of Cocaine, Marijuana, and Heroin abuse
Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It
has to be treated as a health problem. We do not
send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over
500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent
drug users.
--Ralph Nader
Do You Agree or Disagree?
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson, who was charged with driving under the influence
recently, is participating in an outpatient "program of recovery," his
publicist said.
Tim Allen
Allen's rise to fame almost never happened. In 1978 Allen was arrested
with an accomplice at an airport in while possessing 1.4 pounds of
cocaine. Because of the huge quantity, he was facing life in prison.
Instead, Allen agreed to testify against his partner in exchange for a
sentence of three to seven years in prison.
Curtis Jackson “50 Cent”
He renamed himself 50 Cent -- "a metaphor for change" -- and
was signed by Columbia Records in 1999. After recording an
album, Power Of A Dollar, he was famously shot nine times in
front of his grandmother's house in 2000.
Noelle Bush
Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, was
placed under custody on October 17, 2002, for 10 days after
she was found in possession of crack cocaine while
undergoing treatment in a drug rehabilitation center.
Johnny Cash
Born: February 26, 1932
Died: September 12, 2003
He began drinking heavily during the 1960’s after his career took off. He was highly addicted to
amphetamines and barbiturates. In 1965, he was caught smuggling amphetamines in his guitar case
Kirsty Ally
Overcoming Long Time Battle with Cocaine Addiction
Ken Caminiti
Born: April 21, 1963
Died: Oct. 10, 2004
Former Major Leage Baseball Player
(Won 3 Golden gloves, National Leauge’s MVP in 1996).
Caminiti struggled with substance abuse throughout his career. He admitted that
he had used steroids. He also had a long struggle with cocaine, having been
arrested in March 2001 for possession and sentenced to probation.
Judy Garland
Born: 1922
Died: 1969
Died of Multiple Drug Overdose
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether
the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
-- Carl Gustav Jung
Robert Downey Jr.
Heroin, Cocaine, Alcoholism
Downey has had numerous arrests, court hearings and stints in prison following years of
drug binges. His fist public incident was on 23rd June 1996 when he was arrested for drinkdriving and being in possession of Mexican Black Tar heroin, crack, cocaine and an unloaded
.357 Magnum revolver. Subsequent arrests found Dowey in possession of cocaine and
Ben Affleck
Affleck's spokesman says, "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who
has decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol. He has chosen
to seek professional assistance and is committed to traveling a healthier
road with the support of his family, friends and his fans.
Jim Morrison
Born: 1942
Died: 1970
The most widely accepted theory is that Morrison's death
came after a heroin overdose.
Jimi Hendrix
Born: 1942
Died: 1970
Died of Overdose of Wine and Sleeping Pills
Anna Nicole Smith
The death of Anna Nicole Smith has fueled wild speculation, but Smith’s Florida
hotel room was like “walking into a pharmacist’s shop” and that prescription
medication found at the scene included the stimulant Provigil, the
antidepressant Xanax, the powerful pain reliever Vicodin, and the morphine-like
pain reliever Methadone.
Robin Williams
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had a serious addiction
to cocaine that has recently resurfaced. One quote attributed to him:
"Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you are making too much
Dana Plato
“Different Strokes”
Born: 1964
Died: 1999
Died of Overdose of Valium/Sleeping Pills
“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody
is waiting for some bline, random disaster, or
some sudden disease, the addict has the
comfort of knowing what will most likely wait
for him down the road. He's taken some
control over his ultimate fate, and his
addiction keeps the cause of death from being
a total surprise.”
--Chuck Palahniuk
Jonathon Melvoin
Keyboardist for “The Smashing Pumpkins.” Overdosed on
heroin he had taken with the band’s drummer, Jimmy
Chamberlain on a tour in New York.
Dana Plato
R.J. Reynolds, 58, tobacco company founder * emphysema
R.J. Reynolds, III, 59, tobacco company heir * emphysema
Born: 1968
Died: 2004
ODB was easily the most unpredictable member of rap
super group Wu-Tang Clan. ODB helped form the group in
1992, but his off-stage antics have since overshadowed his
on-stage talent. A subsequent autopsy reveals ODB
overdosed on cocaine and painkillers.
Sid Vicious
Bassist of the sex pistols
Born- May 10,1957
Died- Feb 1 1979
“Undermine their pompous authority, reject their
moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your
trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption
as possible but don’t let them take you ALIVE.”
Colin Farrell
"I ended up on a shrink's couch, and he told me to write down how much I did
in a week: 20 E's, 4 grams of coke, six of speed, half an ounce of hash, three
bottles of Jack Daniel's, 12 bottles of red wine, 60 pints."
Marilyn Monroe
Died: 1962
Born: 1926
Died of Overdose of Sleeping Pills
The idea that addiction is somehow a
psychological illness is, I think, totally ridiculous.
It's as psychological as malaria. It's a matter of
exposure. People, generally speaking, will take
any intoxicant or any drug that gives them a
pleasant effect if it is available to them.
--William S. Burroughs
Do You Agree?
Essential Questions
• What is the 3 best arguments for/against
addiction as a disease?
• What does labeling it as a
disease do to the accountability
of the individual? Right/Wrong?
• Describe this debate as it
relates to the circle of control?
How does someone become an addict?
Graded Discussion (Out of 5)
• 1 person at a time (Facilitator?)
-1 Point
• Everyone speaks once (2 Freebies)
-1 Point
• (At least) 5 subtopics related to
-1 Point
• Time (At least 20 minutes) &
No lapse in speaking >15 seconds
-1 Point
• Side chatter (nada)
-1 Point
2 minutes
• Now or never..
Graded Discussion Hints:
• Utilize your guided notes from Friday
as arguments.
• There is no wrong answer! Feel free to
disagree w/ somebody.
• Start simple-Is addiction a choice or a