Kristen Johnston will be at Pasadena Recovery Center on March 12th noon
Sharing about her recent New York Times Best Seller, “Guts”
GUTS is a beautifully-written and deeply personal memoir that is simultaneously tragic, hysterical, sweet, and heartbreakingly honest. Johnston’s intimate narrative is distinctly her own as she describes her poignant and painful decent into addiction—and yet she manages to tell her story without an ounce of self-pity or blame. Her brutally incisive wit drives her story, which begins with her torment in Catholic Grade school for being “A Freak” (she was 6 feet by age twelve), and covers everything from her rise to overnight fame to her stunningly frank opinions of “celebrity.” But make no mistake, this is not simply a book about addiction, fame, or sobriety. This is a book about someone who started their life over in their late 30’s. Someone who found the courage to change their life, accept their flaws and become, as she puts it, “A brave, decent person. Someone I might actually like.”
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By MICHELLE TAUBER
02/05/2014 at 08:00 AM EST
Among friends and locals in his longtime West Village neighborhood, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was known as a low-key fixture, a family man who rarely drew attention.
“He’d go over to Oliver’s restaurant with his [10-year-old] son, Cooper,” a neighborhood friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “They’d have lunch, and you’d see them talking and laughing for hours at a time.”
Hear a fascinating presentation by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about the effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior. Dr. Volkow’s remarks were given on Feb. 4th at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum.
A Pennsylvania medical examiner reports more than a dozen people have died in recent weeks from overdosing on laced heroin thought to be sweeping the region.
Allegheny County medical examiner Dr. Karl Williams said Thursday that laboratory tests confirmed that the ultra-potent painkiller fentanyl was present in heroin samples seized in connection with at least 14 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Gazette.
Fentanyl, which is typically prescribed to cancer patients as a last resort, can be 10 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to CNN. The laced heroin has been sold under street names like “Bud Ice” and “Theraflu.”
Williams anticipates further tests will link the laced heroin to other overdose deaths in the state. In six western Pennsylvania counties, 22 people died from heroin overdoses in the past two weeks.
“It is a marked increase… at least three or four times what we would expect,” Williams told CNN.