Entries in Substance Abuse (4)


Jane Lynch: I'm Not Leaving 'Glee'

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a recent episode of Glee, Jane Lynch’s character took responsibility for a terrifying school shooting, which ultimately cost her her job. But, says the actress, in this case, life will not imitate fiction.

“As far as I know, I’m [still] in!” she tells ABC News. “I’m in the two episodes after this, so I’ll have a new [direction].”

Lynch, 52, who is now a spokeswoman for belVita Breakfast Biscuits, says that she welcomed the opportunity to tackle such a serious topic, but, “I don’t know that I was prepared for the amount of scrutiny and the amount of attention going to it.”

“I think [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] wrote a terrific story,” she adds, “And I thought, ‘I’m glad that he’s shedding light on this.’”

The actress, who is making her Broadway debut in Annie next month, is also speaking out in support of her co-star Cory Monteith, who entered rehab earlier this month for substance abuse.

“He knows the drill — he knows what he needs to do,” she says. “It’s almost like he has to renew his vows of sobriety to himself and that’s what’s so great about it: He went of his own volition to take care of it.”

Lynch, who says that she’s been sober for 21 years and has bonded with Monteith over that, adds that being upfront and honest about addiction is an important part of the process.

“It’s the only way to go,” she says. “You have to take chances of telling the truth and not hiding behind anything.”

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Report: Gerald Butler Sought Treatment for Substance Abuse

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Gerald Butler has been undergoing treatment for substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center and is expected to be released Friday, reports.

According to the website, the actor began having problems in 2006 while coping with the physical demands of shooting his drama 300 in 2006.  TMZ says Butler’s dependence on prescription drugs increased when he was injured in December in a surfing accident while filming Of Men and Mavericks.

A source tells TMZ Butler realized he was relying too much on prescription pain medicine and decided to enter Betty Ford three weeks ago before his problem turned into a full-blown addiction. The source says Butler also had an issue with cocaine, but the main problem was pills and pain management.

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Heather Locklear Not Going to Rehab

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When Heather Locklear was rushed to the hospital on Jan. 12 after mixing alcohol and Xanax, many speculated whether the Melrose Place actress would return to rehab for a third time. But according to a source close the family, that is not the plan.

Instead, the 50-year-old actress has resumed the ongoing sobriety program she began and maintained in 2011 until the difficult split with her fiancé, actor Jack Wagner. Locklear will work with doctors who will monitor her progress, and she will continue to be tested monthly for drugs and alcohol. The family is also receiving support from UCLA to help with the anxiety caused by the breakup.

According to the source, Locklear had not had a drink for months. But her split with fiancé Jack Wagner in November and receiving numerous bottles of wine as gifts for Christmas led her to fall off the wagon. At the time of her hospitalization, Heather was “menopausal, depressed and dealing with a great deal of anxiety of a recent breakup,” said the source. “When her sister suspected something was wrong, she didn’t mess around and called 911.”

Though she was the one who called off the three-month engagement to Wagner, she was still struggling with it in January.  According to our source, Locklear, who has been married twice before, decided she didn’t want to walk down the aisle again. But Wagner did, which caused big disagreements between the couple until she finally ended it.

Locklear’s previous issues with depression and substance abuse and her family’s history of alcoholism led her to voluntarily turn to experts at UCLA for support. She’s reportedly back to her daily 90-minute workout routines and also doing therapy to address the breakup and anxiety associated with it.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Amy Winehouse's Dad 'Speechless' over Her Death

Simone Joyner/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The distraught parents of Amy Winehouse returned to her north London home Monday, calling themselves "devastated and speechless."

"Amy was about one thing, and that was love," musician Mitch Winehouse said to the fans and media gathered at the makeshift shine outside his daughter's home. "Her whole life was devoted to her family, friends, and to you guys as well. So we're devastated, and I'm speechless."

The five-time Grammy winner was found dead, alone in her bed, at her London apartment Saturday afternoon by a bodyguard. She was 27. Medical authorities who responded to the scene said she had been dead for several hours, and that there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in her apartment.

Winehouse's family said the singer had visited the doctor as recently as Friday and received a clean bill of health. There were also reports that she had entered treatment again as recently as last month.

Winehouse was working on an album before she died but canceled her latest tour last month after a Serbia show in which she stumbled, mumbled, and got booed by the crowd.

Winehouse's death follows a lifetime of substance abuse. Though she sought treatment for her drug and alcohol addiction numerous times, even those closest to her could not save her.

Winehouse's relationships with her friends and family -- particularly her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and father, Mitch Winehouse -- were fraught at best.

Winehouse's mother, Janis Winehouse, also failed to get her the help she needed. In a statement released Sunday, Janis told Us Weekly that she believed her daughter's death had been "only a matter of time" when they met 24 hours earlier. "She seemed out of it," Janis said. "But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me."

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