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Teenage tv star goes from promising show business career to being a homeless drug addict

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Reply Teenage tv star goes from promising show business career to being a homeless drug addict (Original post)
quinnox Sep 2013 OP
Laf.La.Dem. Sep 2013 #1
Kaleva Sep 2013 #5
Laf.La.Dem. Sep 2013 #7
Decaffeinated Sep 2013 #8
IdaBriggs Sep 2013 #19
Decaffeinated Sep 2013 #23
IdaBriggs Sep 2013 #26
HappyMe Sep 2013 #24
IdaBriggs Sep 2013 #25
Warpy Sep 2013 #29
HappyMe Sep 2013 #9
Kaleva Sep 2013 #10
HappyMe Sep 2013 #11
Kaleva Sep 2013 #12
HappyMe Sep 2013 #14
Scurrilous Sep 2013 #13
leftyohiolib Sep 2013 #2
RedCappedBandit Sep 2013 #6
NuclearDem Sep 2013 #16
Xithras Sep 2013 #17
Comrade Grumpy Sep 2013 #22
Warpy Sep 2013 #31
Bradical79 Sep 2013 #37
boomer55 Sep 2013 #3
tkmorris Sep 2013 #20
LanternWaste Sep 2013 #32
lame54 Sep 2013 #4
kcr Sep 2013 #15
IdaBriggs Sep 2013 #18
calimary Sep 2013 #30
NightWatcher Sep 2013 #21
LanternWaste Sep 2013 #33
NightWatcher Sep 2013 #35
gopiscrap Sep 2013 #27
JaneyVee Sep 2013 #28
LanternWaste Sep 2013 #34
Arugula Latte Sep 2013 #36

Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:42 PM

1. Sorry - who is this "star"?

Sorry not a big TV fan.

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Response to Laf.La.Dem. (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

5. Monet Monico

Here she is when she was 18

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:08 PM

7. Thanks

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:14 PM

8. Doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed even then...

 

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Response to Decaffeinated (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:49 PM

19. You mean the "like" and "so excited" every ten seconds?

Still didn't deserve to become a heroin addict.

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Response to IdaBriggs (Reply #19)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:23 PM

23. I think it's just the aura of "Duh"...

 

The other stuff doesn't help...

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Response to Decaffeinated (Reply #23)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:42 PM

26. Teenager with a microphone shoved in front of her face.

Deer in the headlights.

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Response to IdaBriggs (Reply #19)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:29 PM

24. People don't deserve to go hungry.

Deserve doesn't have much to to with her addiction. She chose to do heroin. She should also choose to seek help.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #24)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:42 PM

25. I ended up googling her. She says her boyfriend initially laced marijuana with it behind her back.

He also graciously taught her the "drug ropes". Oddly enough, her family hates him. Can't figure out why.

After going on the Dr. Phil show, she entered recovery. She stayed for ten months, and as of the last thing I could find, is currently clean and sober.

Heroin is an ugly drug. I have a niece we couldn't let in the house for several years (unless she could pass a urine test, which oddly enough she was never willing to take) because of her addiction related issues (stealing). Fortunately, after a very harrowing time, she ended up with a boyfriend who helped her get clean, and her life has taken a dramatic turn for the better.

She will always be an addict, though, and she knows she can't ever just "casually use" because of how quickly she can hit rock bottom.

She told me heroin was easier to get than alcohol and cost $3 a hit in the beginning, which seemed inexpensive and harmless.

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Response to Decaffeinated (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:58 PM

29. She was articulate before she got bombed

Believe it or not, illegality contributes to addiction by building anxiety around getting enough of the drug.

I've known a lot of addicts. Most of them had low level jobs. The main sad thing about them was the persecution they were always aware of.

With those low level jobs not paying enough to keep a roof over their heads, a lot of people have given up and hit the bricks because working doesn't pay any more.

I tried the stuff. It made me puke, numbed the pain, and made me too sleepy to move. I was lucky, like most people, I just didn't get the point. I've got a hell of a lot of company out there. Most people prefer to have their brains work right. Addicts think their brains only work right when they're flying on their drug of choice.

The stupid War on Drugs is a failure. If people like this want to get off the addiction merry go round, there should be walk in rehab where they can be taken off the street and helped to clean up.

Sub survival wages are also a failure. With work that actually pays, some addicts discover hope outside the drug. Some don't. Punishing them hasn't worked. We need to try something else.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:18 PM

9. I still don't know who she is.



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Response to HappyMe (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

10. She was a star on Nickelodeon. Kids tv.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:29 PM

11. That would explain why I don't

know who she is.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:29 PM

12. I had no idea who she was either till I googled her after reading the OP

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:35 PM

14. I'm feeling kind of lazy today.

I didn't bother with the google.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:31 PM

13. Had to IMDB her:

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:43 PM

2. and people wonder why some drugs are illegal

 

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:04 PM

6. Yeah, their legal status sure prevents drugs from ruining peoples' lives!

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:39 PM

16. Tobacco and alcohol are just as bad.

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:41 PM

17. We could offer free rehab to every addict in America for a fraction of what we spend on the Wo(S)D

The U.S. spends about $15 billion a year on the drug war. Two or three of those billions could fund free rehab programs nationwide. A few more of those billions could annually fund shelters and transitional facilities to get them off the street. And the rest of those billions would be pure savings for the government.

If "helping people" were the governments goal, they'd be doing it completely differently. But the War on (Some) Drugs isn't about helping people...it's about profit and control.

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Response to Xithras (Reply #17)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:10 PM

22. I think the dreaded Obamacare is going to expand insurance coverage for drug treatment.

But I'm not sure on the particulars.

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:00 PM

31. Yeah, that's worked out REALLY well, hasn't it?

The only wonder to me is why people still support the failure we call the war on drugs.

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 04:35 PM

37. So how did their legal status help in this case?

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:45 PM

3. actions have consequences... sucks to be her but she made the choice. n/t

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Response to boomer55 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:49 PM

20. Yeah! Screw her!

You're quite charming Mr. boomer. Seriously.

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Response to boomer55 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:10 PM

32. I wonder which is more difficult... recovery from an heroin addiction or

I wonder which is more difficult... recovery from an heroin addiction or trying to prevent being seen as a vulgar ass who is mouthing off little more than a tired bumper-sticker?


Bless your little heart.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:54 PM

4. I don't remember her from Different Strokes

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:37 PM

15. The mother's reaction broke my heart.

Ugh, Dr Phil.

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Response to kcr (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:48 PM

18. It was definitely heart breaking.

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Response to kcr (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:59 PM

30. No kidding. Broke my heart, too. NO mother should have to see or go through that.

That's her baby there. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish. Just beyond imagining. And to have that on TV for everyone to see. I can see how the thinking would be - well, show it warts 'n' all so the message is clear and the pain is visible and in-yer-face. But CRIMINY!!! These poor people are being made a spectacle of. Just another heartbreak story for titillation and ratings. And soon, the public becomes inured, and numbed, and apathetic. NOBODY wins here. Even those who think they're winning by providing winning programming. We are ALL the poorer for it.

Truly breaks my heart.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:58 PM

21. People are too quick to throw around terms like "star" and "celebrity"

This is a person who was on a show that none of us heard of once.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #21)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:13 PM

33. almost as quick to throw around invalid absolutes...

"People are too quick to throw around terms..."

I imagine many people are almost as quick to throw around invalid absolutes (with incorrect grammar) like "none of us heard of..."

(Insert rationalization here)

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #33)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:33 PM

35. How's the clever thing working out for you?

I was commenting that many, if not most of us had never heard of this actress. Your contribution to this discussion was to point out a grammar error of mine? Thanks

I personally think the term "Grammar Nazi" should be replaced with "Grammar Asshole". How'd I do, did I throw around any invalid absolutes?

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:44 PM

27. wow how sad

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:48 PM

28. Her body, her choice.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #28)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:14 PM

34. Just as it is our minds, and our decision

Just as it is our minds, and our decision to act with compassion... or act merely like a vulgar ass.

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Response to quinnox (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:50 PM

36. Happened to Danny Bonaduce too.

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