Famous Alcoholics

R.I.P. Jonathan Winters

April 18, 2013

It seems horrible to say better late than never, when eulogizing the recently deceased.  But TDA should honor the late great Jonathan Winters, the unpredictable jokester who died last Thursday at age 87.  People under 30 probably have no ideal who he is, so I want to do them a favor in turning them on to his comedic genius.  He was the Robin Williams of his […]

2 comments Read the rest →

Famous Alcoholics and Addicts: Johnny Cash

February 26, 2013

Johnny Cash did not celebrate his birthday today.  Because he’s dead.  But if he were still alive, he would have turned 81 today, and probably still be in his famous all black attire. As his career was taking off in the late 1950s, Cash started drinking heavily and became addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates.  For a […]

0 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for R.I.P. Mindy McCready

R.I.P. Mindy McCready

February 18, 2013

I was saddened to hear Mindy McCready killed herself this weekend.  She was a multi platinum selling country music star, as well as a long time sufferer of both alcohol and drug abuse.  She shot herself in the head on her front porch; the same front porch her boyfriend killed himself on, just last month, in […]

2 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for Jack O’Lantern Had A Drinking Problem

Jack O’Lantern Had A Drinking Problem

October 31, 2012

Raise your hand if you knew that the legend of the Jack O’Latern revolved around a drunk dude named Stingy Jack.  TIL – Halloween can be fun but disastrous if you throw alcohol in the mix.  Stay safe and have a Happy Halloween!  Here are some tales of the Jack O’Latern: The Irish brought the […]

2 comments Read the rest →

John Taylor Memoir Reveals Route To Sobriety

October 19, 2012

Could this be interpreted as a recovery song?  I think so, I said many prayers the morning after, probably not the kind he is singing about here though…but who knows. Duran Duran is one of my favorite 80’s bands.  How could I not like a band named after the villain in Barbarella?  So I am […]

0 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for 20/20 Tonight – Intoxication Nation

20/20 Tonight – Intoxication Nation

September 21, 2012

20/20 reports on drinking in America today in “Intoxication Nation,” which airs on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 (10-11 p.m. ET) according to a Sept. 20 press release from ABC Television Network. The report, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, discusses celebrity alcoholism, kids and drinking, DUI Wars, the dangers of drunken walking, hangover helpers and the wide […]

0 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for New Memory of Michael Hutchence Forms

New Memory of Michael Hutchence Forms

July 12, 2012

Have you ever missed out on a song from your wayward youth?  Somehow I missed out totally on a song that is on my ipod now and my favorite of the moment.  How can it be that an apparently popular song by a big band from the 80’s flew past my radar or, at least never registered […]

1 comment Read the rest →

Cypher Makes A Deal

June 29, 2012

I just finished watching The Matrix on AMC. What a classic flick.  I somehow remember seeing it at the theater when it came out in ’99, even though I was a fullblown alcoholic nut job at the time.  Luckily back then it was easy to avoid spoilers with the ancient web (matrix) as it was.  […]

0 comments Read the rest →

Psst, I Love You

June 10, 2012

“The Simpsons” writers were spying on me when they came up with these Homer habits.  I was guilty of all but one of these cliche but true signs of alcoholism.  I never hid my liquor in the toilet tank, at least not that I remember.

0 comments Read the rest →

Colin Farrell, Total Recall, and Recovery

April 3, 2012

Colin Farrell is starring in a reboot of the classic 80’s scifi flick “Total Recall” and is talking about his recovery while out promoting the new movie, scheduled to hit theaters this August.  I have not iresearched his recovery methods, but read he is big into yoga; however a trained ear can usually ferret out […]

0 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for Whitney Houston dead at 48

Whitney Houston dead at 48

February 11, 2012

News is just hitting that Whitney Houston has died at the young age of 48.  Cause and location of death are unknown at the time.  You already know why I am reporting this on a substance abuse site.  I am sure that if alcohol and drugs were not the immediate cause of death in this instance, they […]

0 comments Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for It’s a Shame about Evan.

It’s a Shame about Evan.

February 10, 2012

Evan Dando, the lead singer for The Lemonheads, is getting some unwanted publicity right now for a picture he posted via twitter that appears to be him and a couple of  friends in a hotel room sitting at a table preparing to snort some lines of something.  When I think of alternative music; The Lemonheads always come […]

1 comment Read the rest →
Thumbnail image for Ted Williams – Susbtance Abuse’s Newest Star

Ted Williams – Susbtance Abuse’s Newest Star

January 13, 2011

Ted Williams has had a meteoric rise to fame and fall from grace, thanks mainly to our lightning fast media.  The rise would not have been possible if he had not been blessed with what some are calling the perfect radio voice, the power of the press, youtube, and a morning radio show;  the fall can […]

1 comment Read the rest →

Famous Alcoholics: Stephen King on the Liar’s Disease

Boo! September 6, 2010

I took up the challenge to occasionally highlight a famous alcoholic or addict that represents a realistic yet positive image to the public. With the high number of people suffering from addictions, especially among the ranks of the rich and famous, you would think this would be a relatively easy task. It’s not. I guess it’s just human nature to glom onto the drunken excesses or drugged induced antics… I know at least this is true with the press. So it’s a little harder than I thought to find something TDA blogworthy, but with a little creative searching I did find something fitting (unfortunately, a little dated) written by one of my favorite authors, Stephen King.

In this EW article, King is giving his view of the flap over the fabrications James Frey made in his book A Million Little Pieces. He expands upon his critique to make observations of alcoholics and addicts in general while admitting to being in recovery from both forms of addiction.

Substance abusers lie about everything, and usually do an awesome job of it. I once knew a cokehead who convinced his girlfriend the smell of freebase was mold in the plastic shower curtain of their apartment’s bathroom. She believed him, he said, for five years (although he was probably lying about that, it was probably only three). A recovering alcoholic friend of mine reminisces about how he convinced his first wife that raccoons were stealing their home brew. When she discovered the truth, she divorced him. Go to one of those church-basement meetings where they drink coffee and talk about the Twelve Steps and you can hear similar stories on any night, and that’s why the founders of this group emphasized complete honesty — not just in ”420 of 432 pages,” as James Frey claimed during his Larry King interview, but in all of it: what happened, what changed, what it’s like now. Yeah, stewbums and stoners lie about the big stuff, like how much and how often, but they also lie about the small things. Mostly just to stay in practice. Ask an active alcoholic what time it is, and 9 times out of 10 he’ll lie to you. And if his girlfriend killed herself by slashing her wrists (always assuming there was a girlfriend), he may say she hung herself, instead. Why? Basically, to stay in training. It’s the Liar’s Disease.

And did I wonder, pre-Oprah, if there were other lies in A Million Little Pieces? Nope. I just wondered when they’d start coming out. Because if my own career as a drunk both active and sober has convinced me of anything, it’s convinced me of this: Addictive personalities do not prosper on their own. Without unvarnished, tough-love truth-telling from their own kind — the voices that say, ”You’re lying about that, Freckles” — the addict has a tendency to fall back into his old ways. And the chief old way (other than using, of course) is lying through one’s teeth. And speaking of teeth, did I believe Mr. Frey’s were root-canaled without benefit of anesthetic? Nope. Never did.

Now this is not exactly being a sobriety cheerleader or recovery advocate but it is the truth and it’s coming from a man that’s has walked the walk and is willing to inform others about the reality of the disease. Kudos, or should I say Cujos, to Mr. King for being a positive influence in the recovery world.

18 comments Read the rest →

43 Cars Waited for Your Nose to Turn Green

November 12, 2009

Is it true, Mr. Fields, that when you stood on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, 43 cars waited for your nose to turn green? ~ Radio show interaction between Charlie McCarthy and WC Fields WC Fields to this day has one of the most recognizable celebrity profiles because of his bulbous, red nose. While […]

0 comments Read the rest →