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What Went Wrong? The Tragic Death Of Cory Monteith

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CoryIt seems all too often that adoring fans of a particular star are shocked, surprised and devastated by the news of a celebrity death due to an overdose or addiction. This is often the case when the addiction has been kept under wraps or only hinted about in the media. However, in some cases, the death seems even more senseless and tragic because the addiction was not just hinted about; it was openly discussed and even treated.

Such is the case with Cory Monteith, the latest celebrity to publically discuss his addiction along with his history of rehab and attempted addiction treatment. In this particular case it was only a few months ago that Cory Monteith had given an interview saying that he was going to voluntarily go back into rehab to help prevent a relapse into the addiction that had been a part of his life since his early teens. Unlike some stars, Monteith did actually follow through and went through a drug treatment program in April of 2013. He had previously gone through an addiction treatment program in his early adult years as well, but he reported that he really only did that for his mother.

Just a few months out of his latest rehab Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia. The coroner reports that the death was due to a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. There were no signs of foul play and the three people that were with Mr. Monteith the night of his death have been working with authorities.

So why, with this history of acknowledgement of the addiction, voluntary rehab, and a seemingly perfect life, did this tragedy occur? It was not lack of support; his fiancé and co-star was very supportive of his addiction recovery. It wasn’t lack of ability to afford a drug treatment program; he could afford any treatment that he chose from anywhere in the world.

Stars, just like average people, have to deal with the root issues of their addiction before they can truly enter recovery. This means looking at a painful past and dealing with issues through hard work and personal honesty, rather than through the escape and avoidance that drugs offer. Anyone, regardless of their life situation, needs to address multiple issues in addiction, it isn’t just a behavioral change, it is a complete change if it is to be lifelong and positive.

What went wrong and why Mr. Monteith used that night will probably never be known. Regardless of why it is a tragedy and one that is truly devastating for so many friends, family and fans.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity  Rehab   on  VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the   law  of  attraction to  recover from any addiction.  Please   download your free E book “Filling The Empty  Heart” and  your “Are You  a  Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry for   webinars,  teleseminars,  coaching packages and speaking engagements.  Take  Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook Filling the   Empty  Heart: 5 Keys to  Transforming Love  Addiction.

 

Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?

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diet depressedIt is important to realize that depression cannot be treated, controlled or cured by eating specific foods, but there are foods that can help as part of your treatment. In fact, research has shown that most people with depression do not eat a balanced diet which may contribute to inflammation, malnutrition and metabolic conditions that can increase the severity of the symptoms of depression.

Eating healthy is not difficult if you know what to eat. Choosing convenience types of foods including fast foods, high carbohydrate foods and snack types of food over healthy choices not only leads to weight gain but impacts overall mental health. Making good food choices will reverse this process and help you to get back into a healthy state.

Foods to include in your diet include:

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be made in the body; they have to be consumed. Good sources of Omega-3 include salmon, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, dark green leafy veggies, as well as soybean and canola oil. In studies of dietary habits in different groups of people it has been found that those that don’t eat a high level of Omega-3 rich foods are more likely to have depression in all age groups compared to groups that ate fish and Omega rich foods on a regular basis.

2. Healthy Carbohydrates

Switching from processed carbohydrates to whole grain alternatives can help in treating depression in several ways. First, whole grain products have high nutrient levels and they are also very rich in antioxidants. Second, whole grain foods tend to have lower amounts of sugar paired with high fiber levels which help to control blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar helps in maintaining healthy body functioning and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, both which are often linked to people with depression.

3. Lean Proteins

Lean protein consumption helps to boost levels of tyrosine in the body which is a precursor to norepinephrine and dopamine, both which are mood controlling chemicals found in the brain. Lean proteins are not just meats like lean beef, fish and poultry; they also include beans, low fat dairy, as well as foods containing soy.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab   on  VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the  law  of  attraction to  recover from any addiction. Please   download your free E book “Filling The Empty  Heart” and your “Are You  a  Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry for   webinars, teleseminars,  coaching packages and speaking engagements.  Take  Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook Filling the  Empty  Heart: 5 Keys to  Transforming Love Addiction.

 

Anna Nicole Smith: The Price of Fame

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ansBy Sherry Gaba and Whitney Ashton

 Mary Harron’s “The Anna Nicole Story” biopic premiered on Sunday to record ratings and mixed reviews on the Lifetime Movie Network. Known for wanting to be “the next Marilyn Monroe,” the former Guess girl turned reality TV personality died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007.

Smith’s time as a reality star on E!’s “The Anna Nicole Show” fueled rumors that the star had a substance abuse problem. The show was abruptly canceled after two seasons. In the Lifetime film, Smith (Agnes Bruckner) pops champagne and pills simultaneously. Her peers casually supplied the goods she needed to perform what some would describe as “a circus act.”

In 2006, the model and actress gave birth to her second child, a baby girl named Danielynn Hope Marshall Stern. Tragically, three days after the birth, Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel was found dead of a drug overdose in her hospital room.

Less than six months later, Smith, 39, was found dead in her Florida hotel room. Although investigators found no illegal drugs in her suite, they did find several prescription drugs, including methadone, Provigil, Xanax and fentanyl according to the New York Daily News.

Methadone is a powerful pain killer, and can remain in one’s system for up to 59 hours – making overdose a high risk. According to media reports, Smith was seen drinking heavily in the hotel bar hours before her death. The cocktail of painkillers, antidepressants and alcohol was a recipe for disaster… a deadly combination.

Unfortunately, celebrity overdose is not new in popular culture. Many musicians and actors have died untimely deaths from addiction and many more will die in the continuing drug and alcohol epidemic.

As a LCSW, psychotherapist, author and life coach, I have worked with countless celebrities who have had to face the same demons that Smith fell prey to. Staying sober for celebrities versus the average person may be an even tougher battle. These stars are fighting an uphill battle when drugs and alcohol are the norm – but it is not impossible. Sobriety is a life altering decision. It will take effort, work and the ability to recognize a dangerous situation before it is too late.

For more information about the death of Anna Nicole visit: http://alcoholism.about.com/b/2007/02/10/anna-nicole-smith-an-unintentional-overdose.htm

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab  on  VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law  of  attraction to  recover from any addiction. Please  download your free E book “Filling The Empty  Heart” and your “Are You a  Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry for  webinars, teleseminars,  coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen  to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with  Sherry Gaba” on CBS Radio Take  Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook Filling the  Empty Heart: 5 Keys to  Transforming Love Addiction.

 

Michael Madsen’s Treatment Order: Can It Work?

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michael madsenWhile you may not recognize Michael Madsen’s name, you would certainly recognize his face. He has stared in a number of major movies and TV shows and series over the years including the very graphic Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Donnie Brasco. His character is usually a tough guy with a good heart, but he always seems to be a bit on the edge, regardless of the character he is playing.

How much of his life, like many other actors’ lives, may be a close approximation to reality rather than a work of fiction? Here is a professional actor with over 150 movies that seems to have a self-destruct mentality that is now impacting his personal and professional life. In the last few years he has had several brushes with the law including a child endangerment charge and prior DWI in 2012 where his blood alcohol level was reported to be twice the legal limit.

His last arrest in Van Nuys, California has finally prompted a judge to order him into a residential alcohol addiction program for a minimum of 30 days. While this temporarily resolves the issue of his drunk driving, can a court ordered rehab program be effective for Michael Madsen or any other star?

Can anyone, celebrity or average person, be ordered to become clean and sober? Research shows that drug and alcohol recovery programs that are forced on a person can, in fact, be highly successful. Then tend to have about the same rate of sobriety one year later than those that are entered into voluntarily. Often the combination of the arrest, hitting bottom, loss of public support and even the inability to deny the problem actually helps the celebrity addict to see that he or she has to make a change to maintain celebrity status without becoming a sad story.

However, the biggest hurdle for most celebrities, even with a successful court-ordered rehab stint, is returning to the real word and making lifestyle changes to support sobriety. Celebrities tend to spend time with other celebrities and when drugs and alcohol are the norm the recovering celebrity is fighting an uphill battle. The good news is that celebrity’s in rehab can make life altering decisions and choose to live clean and sober lives, it just take effort, work and the ability to recognize a dangerous situation and make a change.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life, Love & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on  VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of  attraction to  recover from any addiction. Please download your free E book “Filling The Empty  Heart” and your “Are You a Love Addict Quiz?” at www.sherrygaba.com Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars,  coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with  Sherry Gaba” on CBS Radio Take Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook Filling the  Empty Heart: 5 Keys to Transforming Love Addiction.

 

 

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