Addictions Discussed by Dr. Drew Who Appeared on the View
Our Family's Day at The View With Whoopi, Barbara, Sherri and ElizabethClick thumbnail to view full-size
After an Hour With The View Taping We Had Lunch at Lincoln's Restaurant
New York's traffic was horrendous as we arrived. A feeling of disappointment ensued, but we were determined not to give up and find something else to do in this vibrant city. After all, this was #New York, the epitome of great entertainment and food. We decided to go around the corner and check out the audience line for the #Emmy Award-winning television program,#The View. Fortunately, it was short, and they were in need of audience members which was shocking because it usually can take more than a year to receive tickets. We were thrilled to be a part of this audience, especially when we were chosen to ask the hosts questions and take pictures during commercial breaks. Tom Kelly was the warm-up audience comedian. He teased various audience members about their audaciously colored outfits and even had some individuals come up on stage and dance. Applause and prizes were given for the participants. Tom inspired the audience to express tremendous energy upon the arrival of the hosts. Within minutes Barbara Walters, #Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Hasselback, Sherri Shepherd, and Joy Behar arrived as the audience rose to their feet with thunderous applause. We felt a particular type of gratification that our day had not been entirely wasted and we had the opportunity to spend time with these talented women.
Whoopi opened the show with a discussion about #Chris Brown's tattoo on his neck; resembled the abused #Rihanna which he had previously assaulted. Sherri talked about what poor taste, this was on Brown's part, regardless of what the tattoo was supposed to be. Such issues were also briefly mentioned such as the killing of Americans in Lybia's embassy, problems with public breastfeeding and a few other concerns were said. The beautiful actress, Amy Adams, was interviewed by the ladies as well. She co-starred in the movie Trouble With the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood who played the role of her problematic father. After Amy's interview, the chief guest Dr. Drew Pinsky was introduced.
Dr. Drew Gives A Powerful Interview About Addictions
Sherri Shepherd started the interview by mentioning the reality television show Rehab With Dr. Drew which was in its fifth season. She then went on to ask, why he was now dealing with regular people rather than just treating celebrities? #Dr. Drew explained how he has always wanted to treat ordinary people and personalities. He then emphasized the point that; "no one is different with addictions." Barbara Walters also mentioned Dr.Drew's reality television show and how people appeared with severe addictions to both alcohol and drugs. "They are shown vomiting and having seizures and acting out in extreme anger. Does this help them that you show this?" Without hesitation, he explained that these people knew what they were getting into. "They have seen the show and they want treatment. They get royal class treatment. We treat them for as long as necessary." Dr. Pinksy then went on to explain that the people on his television show receive their treatment for free and many of these individuals have been there for more than six months, and he tries to see them on a daily basis. "I will continue to treat them as long as necessary," stated Dr. Drew.
#Barbara Walters continued to demonstrate genuine concern as she questioned Dr. Pinsky about the way people who are addicted, "go into rehab and three weeks later they are in or out?" He then explained the difficulty of withdrawals and how people do not fully understand that "It is about rebuilding these peoples lives. They have to start from zero. They have to contemplate that their work, their family and relationships must change and they have to rebuild it step by step." Sadly, he went on to express how these individuals would have to start their lives over, almost from the stage of an infant or a young child. Treatment for addictions can be a year or more. Dr. Drew then went on to acknowledge how an addict must stick with the program. If they don't, "It is akin to a diabetic not taking his insulin. What do you think will happen? They are going to die."
The very perceptive Elizabeth Hasselback asked Dr. Drew the tough question which mentioned how the last two years celebrities were featured on his show such as, actor Jeff Conaway, Mike Starr, Rodney King, and reality star Joey Kovar. All of these individuals died from their addictions. It became apparent that this subject made Dr. Drew Pinsky, a little uncomfortable. He turned briefly looked at the pictures behind him and then went on to explain how he wanted to cry for the loss of these individuals. Elizabeth then insisted that critics felt Dr. Drew did not do enough and that he had "failed these individuals. Do you keep that on your heart?" Once again and without hesitation he responded, "Yes. It weighs on me as much as my heart is lifted when someone like Tom Sizemore, who we struggled with for ten years." He struggled to become sober and is still presently sober. Dr. Drew said that Sizemore is now doing great. He has been inspired by the successes they have experienced. Although Dr. Drew was discouraged and his heart was broken by the addicts who did not survive because they were good people.
Joy Questions Dr. Drew about Heroin Addiction
The hilarious Joy Behar, took a severe turn when she asked Dr. Drew, why so many addicts were on heroin? He explained how heroin was the drug of choice for a lot of addicts. "Because of pills. They all start with pills. You are going to see that with some of the young people in the rehab show this year. They all start with pills, and they run out of money for the pills and the heroin is cheaper and they get higher more easily." Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg, adamantly agreed with Dr. Drew that addicts use heroin to get high. Previously, it was alcohol and pot; now it is pills. Barbara Walters then asked Dr. Drew what type of pills were addicts taking? He explained how it was, #opiates and benzamides. Young people were getting these type of pills from their parents' medicine cabinet. "Every 19 minutes a young person die from an unintentional overdose. Some start appropriately from an orthopedic injury or dental procedure." Parents need to be observant of their children's habits during these type of procedures.
Sherri Shepherd, once again demonstrated concern about, "celebrities going through rehab recently such as Leeanne Rhymes?" She then described how some celebrities go into rehab for exhaustion and was that a good reason to go? "No. It is not. That is bad when people say that. The term rehab has been watered down to nothing. Someone like Leeann Rhymes should be commended for taking care of herself." Sherri, then explained how celebrities' careers could be affected if they talk about seeking psychiatric care. Dr. Drew emphasized how this should be a private issue and these people are stigmatized although we should treat celebrity addictions like any other person with a medical problem.
Barbara Walters focused her final question on the issue of marijuana. She asked Dr. Drew how he felt about it? "For some people it is serious. I have treated people many times, particularly for pot and alcohol. Pot is often the one that is most difficult to get off. It is tough." He then discussed how a study was revealed where there was "double risk of testicular cancer in marijuana abusers." Joy Baher wanted to know why that existed as Dr. Drew explained that he did not know.
Finally, Dr. Drew mentioned a program on HLN which individuals can call in. Parents will be able to talk about various issues such as addiction to pills by their children. He discussed how easy it is for young people to get pills. Parents need to be on top of this issue. Sherri explained how individuals could see the television show, Rehab With Dr. Drew, which premieres on VH1 and HLN weeknights.
Our visit to the set of The View was indeed impressive. To have the opportunity to see Whoopi, Barbara, Sherri, Joy, and Elizabeth in person was inspirational. It becomes obvious why this television program along with the hosts have won numerous awards such as the Emmy. Good job ladies and may your success continue.
The Answer For Addictions
Before we left the studio, it was announced that #Prince, would be a guest the following week. He is my spiritual brother, who realizes that we do not have the answers to such problems as addictions. We look forward to that kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9 and 10 which says, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy 'kingdom' come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." The Scofield Reference Bible Through this kingdom which will be ruled by Jehovah's son Jesus, such things as addictions to drugs, alcohol or pills will not exist. Many professionals have acknowledged that dependencies can be a sickness like any other medical problem. Regardless, of the issues we have with addictions today, that kingdom Jesus taught us to pray for will eliminate all these types of things. What a perfect time that will be.
An Interesting Day of Entertainment and Good Food in New York
After spending time with the ladies at The View, my husband Walker could not wait to revisit one of his favorite restaurants while in New York. The Lincoln's Eggplant parmigiana is beloved as a top choice for him. It is delicious, but I decided to try the Halibut with roasted summer squash, with basil and pinenut salt. My daughter was thrilled to enjoy the Eggplant as well but her day was even more interesting when she got to meet and pose with Jay from previous America's Next Top Model, produced by Tyra Banks. The new season has excluded Jay, but he will always be remembered as a significant part of the foundation, for the success of that television show. We also took time after a delicious lunch at the Lincoln restaurant, to walk down and take photographs with numerous participants of fashion week held nearby. Our family outing to New York turned out to be quite interesting. Most important of all, we were together as a family. These type of memories will always be cherished.
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