Addiction Around The World

This Crown City News video gives a great overview of the Pasadena Recovery Center (PRC). While the Center is famous for the

Jul 29

This Crown City News video gives a great overview of the Pasadena Recovery Center (PRC). While the Center is famous for the many seasons of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and will be featured again this September on “Rehab with Dr. Drew” which will concentrate on young adults rather than celebrities, the vast majority of the nearly 6,000 patients treated at PRC are regular folk that come from all walks of life. As Alison Triessl, daughter of the late PRC founder Dr. Lee Bloom, states:

“We will treat anybody from Yale to jail, Park Place to park bench. It’s a 98 bed facility, co-ed, men and women, from age 18 to 80, and we believe that treatment should be affordable.”

PRC is also a family run center. Dr. Bloom’s son and Alison’s brother, Michael Bloom, acts as CEO. In the video he explains some of the many activities that residents can participate in:

“We have yoga, we have acupuncture, art therapy, we have a gym. we play softball nearby, we go to the Rose Bowl. And then we have the traditional 12-step meetings that are on site, and we have group therapy with counseling, one-on-one therapy, and a family group. And we do have DirecTV for the residents.”

Finally the video stresses that while the majority of patients come from Los Angeles, the Center’s visibility through the Dr. Drew shows has brought many people seeking treatment from abroad — including from London, Macau, and Guam.

If you have any questions about the Pasadena Recovery Center or are seeking treatment please call us at (866) 663-3030.

Michelle Obama Discuses Drugs and Addiction with Mexican First Lady.

Yesterday, during her visit to Mexico City, Michelle Obama discussed a series of issues of importance to young people in both the United States and Mexico including drug addiction treatment and early prevention programs.

Margarita Zavala de Calderon, The first lady of Mexico, has been long-time advocate on this issue. Her  “New Life Centers” help with prevention and education so that fewer young people will become addicted. This past January, Zavala visited the border town of Tijuana, for the inauguration the program “Juntos para una Nueva Vida sin Adicciones”. This program aims to train counselors and promoters of addiction-free lives.

More than 22,000 people have died in drug violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on narco trafficking cartels in December 2006.

SoCal Dr. Turns Patients Into Addicts.

Dr. Daniel J. Healy, pleaded guilty for one count of dispensing oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and will be sentenced this Monday.

In the article, “Doctor’s Prescription for Tragedy with Painkillers,”  The LA Times reports the investigation and trial of this man who ordered more than 1 million tablets of hydrocodone in 2008 — 10 times more than the average American pharmacy!

According to this story,  Several patients’ relatives unsuccessfully pleaded with Healy to stop supplying their loved ones with drugs. And, some patients turned into addicts,  carry lasting emotional and physical scars from their association with Healy. Miguel Lopez, for example, was taking 40 Norcos a day, a habit that was costing him about $2,000 a month.

During the investigation of this case, some of Healy’s patients left his Kind Care Medical Center, Healy’s office,  with hundreds or even thousands of pills at a time. One man who was pulled over shortly after leaving the clinic had a dozen commercial-sized bottles of Vicodin and three containers of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, 7,500 pills in all.

I personally feel horrified about this case. What is your reaction?

California’s approved ballot would legalize and Tax Marijuana

A measure that recently qualified to the California ballot  in November, would tax and legalize the use of Cannabis.
Since then, the debate is getting hotter and hotter.  Many Californians are voicing their opinion on this controversial topic.


Ron Nehring, California Republican Party Chair, said Wednesday that “The last thing California needs is hundreds of thousands of more people getting high, and the costs to society that would come from widely expanded drug use.”

Kim Raney, chief of the Covina Police Department and a spokesman for the California Police Chiefs Assn., called the first radio ad that pushes for the measure and features a cop in support of legalization :  “completely false and misleading.”

According to, Blaise Serega, CEO for FORA.TV:

“The typical argument for legalization: pot is harmless, tax money spent on fighting it can be used better elsewhere, taxing sales of pot can generate money for needed social programs. …The standard claims against legalization: pot is not harmless and will increase public healthcare costs,  pot is a ‘gateway’ to hard drugs, and it fosters criminal activity.”

The following video presented by Serega, features a debate that took place in June 2009.

Now that the passage of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act is closer than ever, it’s important that both arguments are thoroughly analyzed.

What is your opinion? Do you think it’s  fair for this measures to be introduced under our current economical despair?

Shocking New study About Substance Abuse in Scotland

“The reality of drug abuse among Scottish schoolchildren has been laid bare in a report revealed 41 per cent of new Drug  users in Scotland began taking drugs under 15, with 45 per cent revealing their substance dependency began aged under 19. The shocking new study of substance abuse found a further 808 new users aged 15-19 accepted they had a drug problem.”

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  • [Shelly Sprague] did an amazing job with [Seth Binzer] and he’s here and alive because of you, frankly. And that’s the truth. You took the punches and I appreciate it.

    Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • Shelly the Shark, she always has the answers to everything. I want to thank you for being so tough on me

    Former Ultimate Fighting Champion Ricco Rodriguez
  • It’s truly been a miraculous journey for me and I remember how hopeless I felt during my early days of recovery at PRC. Bless you for all you do.

    Michael P.
  • I am doing great, still sober. My wife now trusts me with my kids even alone…Life is much better today for me. I took a new role at my job that I absolutely love! I am grateful for PRC and the tools shown to me.

    Arthur Rivera
  • I learned more during last nights Family Program in the 1 hour and 45 minutes than I did in the 30 hours I spent at another Centers Family Program. If I knew then, what I know now we would have been at PRC first

    Jean Campbell-Morgan

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