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Khloe After Dark Radio Show Debuts in Miami

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This last Friday, June 1st marked the debut of Khloe Kardashian’s new radio show, “Khloe After Dark.” The first installment of Khloe After Dark (Miami) offered music, as well as an interview with drug recovery experts, co-founders of IntheRooms.com, Ron Tannebaum (RT) and Kenny Pomerance.

Although, some local news sources in Miami criticized Khloe After Dark, as far as a radio show, for its lack of organization, I found that the interviews with the founders of IntheRooms.com was informative and helpful to the recovery community and the community as whole. I also thought that Khloe Kardashian’s co-host Terrance did a great job and that Khloe was more then good for being a newcomer to celebrity interviews.

In a phone interview with IntheRooms.com co-founder Ron Tannebaum, he said: “I thought the show went great. Khloe is a very nice person.” He also said that at first people were calling in about to ask about drugs, but that he and Kenny quickly turned the conversations to recovery and getting help at IntheRooms.

Over the next couple of months, Khloe After Dark will air on Miami Y100 radio station, every Friday between 11pm–2am.

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Traces of Cocaine Found in Red Bull Cola Energy Drink

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Red Bull Cocaine

According to Forbes.com the FDA of Jordan and German courts banned the sale of Red Bull Cola energy drink after a study showed minute traces of cocaine in the beverage. The Study was released by the German based, Nordrhein-Westfalen Institute of Health and Work, last month.

The Examiner.com also reported that Austrian authorities confirmed the allegation when they too found traces of cocaine in Red Bull Cola. The exact amount found was 0.4 micrograms of cocaine per liter. The Examiner article paraphrased Austrian health ministry spokeswoman, Sigrid Rosenberger, and noted the amount of cocaine is around the “lowest detectable levels” and “poses no real health risk.”

Nonetheless, Red Bull of Santa Monica California is defending their cola energy drink. Red Bull cited that cocoa leaf extract is used for flavoring but the alkaloid is removed during the process; it is the active chemical in the drug, cocaine.

The legal standard calls for de-alkalization before cocoa leaf products can be shipped from the Andean region where they’re manufactured. Red Bull also cited that their own tests have never shown traces of cocaine in the Cola energy drink line.

Mackenzie Phillips Sober Coach on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

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Mackenzie Phillips Celebrity Rehab

The Insider recently reported that actress Mackenzie Phillips will be making an appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew as the third season’s “Sober Coach.”  Past Sober Coaches of Celebrity Rehab have included actors such as Gary Busey.

According to TMZ, Mackenzie Phillips entered rehab for the tenth time in September of 2008 after being busted for cocaine.  Further, most of the related cocaine charges have been dropped; upon completion of a drug diversion program, the remainder will be dropped as well.

TMZ also noted that those close to Mackenzie Phillips believe, “Mackenzie has done a complete 18,” adding that Phillips herself says, “the arrest saved her life.”  Fans of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew will have to keep an eye out as there is currently no set air date for the episodes that feature Mackenzie.

Heavy Rain Addiction and Recovery Video Game

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Heavy Rain Video Game

A lot of buzz has been circulating over the last year about the yet unreleased, video game, “Heavy Rain.” So why is this DanJ09 news, you may be asking? Well, the game features a “One-of-a-kind” scenario that we find relevant to recovery and addiction. Still, the video game Heavy Rain deserves full attention, as people are already denoting it as a “possible classic” after only seeing a few previews and demo versions.

A longtime coming, Heavy Rain was developed by the French video game developer Quantic Dream. When asked about the game, Heavy Rain director, David Cage, recently explained to reporters: “Story is the core essence of the experience.” Cage added: “You need to create moral choices for the player that won’t be black and white that will be really difficult to answer. We want players to ask themselves, ‘What would I do if it were happening to me?’ and the answer [to not be] obvious.”

So what exactly is Heavy Rain director David Cage talking about, well, the video game features FBI profiler Norman Jayden as it main character, who is not only fighting the demons in the game by trying to hunt down and capture the serial killer, the “Origami Killer,” but also fighting his own demons; namely, his prescription drug addiction to a fictionalized drug called “Triptocaine.”

In Heavy Rain, Norman Jayden uses Triptocaine (prescription psychoactive drug) to function in his everyday routine. However, Jayden has built a serious addiction and really wants to wean himself off of Triptocaine. In short, players must make crucial decision that affect Norman Jayden’s life and Triptocaine addiction by choosing when to give him doses and when to make him quit altogether. In the screen shot I saw, there were buttons that players could choose at crucial moments that read, “cold” (assuming, cold turkey), “withdrawal,” or “Triptocaine.”

A&E Obsessed TV Series Premiere

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Obsessed TV Series

On Memorial Day (May 25th, 2009), A & E will premiere the latest installment of their “Original Non-Fiction TV Series,” called “Obsessed.” Similar to their hit TV show “Intervention,” A&E Obsessed will also portray a very realistic (uncut), documentary-style TV Series that deals with treatment. The difference is that instead of dealing with addiction, “Obsessed” deals with the mental health condition, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

As part of an eleven episode TV Series, A & E Obsessed will air weekly at 10pm ET/PT. Each TV Show will be an hour long and focus on a different person living with anxiety disorders, including Panic Disorder, Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

For those unfamiliar with OCD, the DSM says it is “characterized by obsessions (which cause marked anxiety or distress) and/or compulsions (which neutralize anxiety).” Often, a symptom of people living with OCD is uncontrollable rituals of repetition such as, hand washing, door locking, counting, and cleaning often. If the ritual is not performed, it only results in further anxiety.

Jeremy Mayfield Refuses Rehab

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Jeremy Mayfield Rehab

Jeremy Mayfield is back in the news again. This time, Mayfield is claiming that NASCAR never officially informed him of the drug he tested positive for, which resulted in an indefinite suspension. However, NASCAR is disputing Mayfield’s claim, saying they informed him three times since results were confirmed. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said: “All NASCAR members who violate the policy, including Jeremy, are notified of the substance that caused the failure.”

To date, Jeremy Mayfield is denying ever having used illegal substances, under NASCAR’s standard. Further, Mayfield is insisting that his positive result, for the substance in question, was the result of Claritin D.

Still, NASCAR officials have made it clear that lifting Mayfield’s suspension would be contingent upon completing a required rehab program. Basically, NASCAR sets up the program, according specific needs required to overcome the specific drug, and the NASCAR member must voluntarily finish the rehab program to be considered for reinstatement. Jeremy Mayfield still refuses, saying: ‘I’m not going to rehabilitation,” adding, “Why would I?”

NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield Suspended for Substance Abuse

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Jeremy Mayfield Substance Abuse

NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield was suspended last week for violating the sports substance abuse policy after he tested positive for an illegal substance during a random drug screening. NASCAR just implemented random testing this year. Also suspended were crew members Tony Martin (#34 team) and Ben Williams (#16 team).

Jeremy Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for the violation, which spells major problems for his team as he not only the driver but the owner of the #41 car. Ironically, the first person to ever be suspended for violating NASCAR’s new substance abuse policy was none other than Jeremy Mayfield’s crew member, Paul Chodora.

At this point, Jeremy Mayfield is claiming that he is innocent and that the violation was the result of his mixing Claritin D with other medications. J.J. Yeley will replace Mayfield as the driver of the #41 car this weekend in the 40-lap qualifying race of the Sprint Showdown at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Mayfield’s wife, Shana Mayfield, assumes his role as team owner.