Overdose Death of Stormchaser Joel Taylor Highlights the Dangers of Party Drugs

By |2019-09-03T20:43:01+00:00June 4th, 2019|

On January 23rd, Joel Taylor, former star of the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, was discovered dead in his cabin aboard Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Taylor, originally from Oklahoma, was only 38. Although an official cause of death has yet to be released, multiple news outlets are reporting that Taylor actually died due to a massive overdose of GHB and possibly, several other so-called “party” or “club” drugs. Overdosing on Vacation—A Cautionary Tale “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming [...]

Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide

By |2019-07-25T18:41:10+00:00May 25th, 2019|

DISCLAIMER: Although the death of Anthony Bourdain has been ruled a suicide, there are no reports at this time that drugs or alcohol were involved. However, Bourdain had a well-documented personal history of addiction and spoke often about his recovery. We therefore provide this information about his life to educate others who are struggling about substance abuse or mental health issues. Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide From the outside, it’s a mystery—Why would a world-famous figure like Anthony Bourdain take his own life? After all, by any [...]

Diane Schuler’s Hidden Life: When Functional Addiction Turns to Tragedy

By |2019-08-01T15:12:28+00:00May 21st, 2019|

What comes to mind when you hear the world ‘alcohol’? More likely than not, a specific stereotype enters your mind’s eye: an office worker who adds whiskey to their coffee in the morning, a parent who drinks a twelve pack of beer every night, a college student who comes to class drunk at least a couple times each week. But what about a successful media executive and devoted mother? This is how Diane Schuler’s life and death shows that functional addiction can quickly turn into a tragedy. Alcoholism Does Not Always Look the Same This [...]

The 12 Steps According to Russell Brand

By |2019-07-24T16:54:02+00:00September 10th, 2018|

(WARNING: Explicit Language) What does Russell Brand have to teach us? Brand is something of a 21st-century Renaissance Man – stand-up comedian, TV personality, radio host, actor, activist, and author, He’s come a long way from what he describes as a difficult English childhood to fortune and fame. But Brand’s most startling metamorphosis has been going from a debauched early life of drug and sex addiction to a healthier life of long-enduring sobriety—over 15 years and counting. And from his unique perspective, Brand wants to give back by sharing the hope and messages of [...]

Johnny Manziel: “Johnny Football” Is Putting Recovery First

By |2019-09-03T20:40:43+00:00August 10th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: Northpoint Recovery applauds Johnny Manziel as he focuses on his mental health and continued sobriety. His is a good example of how ANYONE can recover, with the right professional help and support. Once upon a time, Johnny Manziel led what seemed to be a charmed life. Growing up in a small town in Texas, he achieved “folk hero” status for his gridiron accomplishments in high school. He won the Mr. Texas Football award and was even honored as a prep-level All-American. His athletic success followed him to college. After receiving scholarship offers from [...]

Anthony Hopkins: From Alcoholism to Knighthood

By |2019-07-24T16:54:35+00:00August 6th, 2018|

Did you know that Sir Anthony Hopkins is in recovery from alcoholism? While today, the Academy Award-winning actor is known for such iconic roles as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, President Richard Nixon, Methuselah, and Odin, among others, there was a time when his fondness for drink threatened the career that he was building. But in an industry infamous for permissiveness and enabling, Hopkins overcame his addiction to alcohol and has been able to successfully maintain his sobriety for more than 40 years. Let’s take a closer look at the inspiring story of a man who [...]

Demi Lovato: From “Sober” Confession to Overdose

By |2019-07-25T18:40:07+00:00July 30th, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: While all the details aren’t yet known about the possible overdose Demi Lovato recently suffered, what IS known is that the 25-year-old singer and actress has a long and well-publicized personal history of substance abuse and mental illness. Using that information, this is an attempt to provide context to her struggles in the hope of educating and helping others who might be dealing with similar issues. “…this is definitely a medical emergency for her.” ~ 911 dispatcher, July 24, 2018 At 11:22 am on July 24, singer and actress Demi Lovato was found [...]

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play?

By |2019-09-03T19:40:56+00:00July 9th, 2018|

Chris Cornell was the front man for Soundgarden and then Audioslave. He committed suicide in 2017 and Ativan was found in his system. His wife called his actions “inexplicable”. In a recent interview, a year after his death, she said that he loved his life and would never end it. Addiction to Ativan is a deep and complex disease. According to Vicky Cornell, when she spoke to her husband by phone shortly after his Detroit performance, she noticed he was slurring his words. In a later statement, Vicky said, “…he told me he may [...]

Blake Painter: From the “Deadliest Catch” to the Deadliest Disease

By |2019-07-25T18:44:31+00:00June 1st, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: An official cause of death has not yet been released for Blake Painter. The purpose of this article is to examine known and reported facts about drug addiction, which include how stress and chronic pain can lead to prescription drug misuse, illicit drug abuse, and an increased risk of overdose. It has not been confirmed that Painter died of an overdose at this time. On May 25th, Blake Painter, one of the Captains featured on the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the Discovery Channel’s popular reality TV show Deadliest Catch, was found dead [...]

Verne Troyer: His Battles with Alcoholism and Depression

By |2019-07-25T18:58:26+00:00May 26th, 2018|

On April 21, 2018, Verne Troyer, the actor who shot to fame for his hilarious portrayal of “Mini-Me” in the Austin Power movies, died after a hard-fought personal war against alcoholism and depression. Although the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has deferred an official cause of death pending further tests, spokesperson Ed Winter said, “He was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system.” Winter also noted that Troyer’s case was reported as a “possible suicide”. Did Alcohol Directly Cause Verne Troyer’s Death? Just weeks prior to [...]

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