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Dennis Quaid Leading A Great Example Of What Recovery Looks Like

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By Derrick D. Billingslea.

Dennis Quaid is back on the big screen with “A Dog’s Purpose” and leading a great example of what recovery looks like. However in the early 80′ Quaid drug use was out of control and he did not realize it. He told The Times,”Cocaine, back then, was part of the budget. Everyone was doing it, it was everywhere, and it was fun. And then it was fun with problems”.

In a 2002 interview with Larry King and asked Quaid about his motives for using drugs, Quaid responded, “Well, you got to put it in context. Back in the late ’60s, early ’70s. That was back during the time where, you know, drugs were going to expand our minds and everybody was experimenting and everything. We were really getting high, we didn’t know it. And cocaine at that time was considered harmless. You know. I remember magazine articles in ‘People’ Magazine of doctors saying, it is not addicting. It is just—alcohol is worse. So I think we all fell into that. But that’s not the way it was.” When asked if he believed he had ever been addicted to the drugs, he responded, “It was a gradual thing. But it got to the point where I couldn’t have any fun unless I had it. Which is a bad place to be.” He also said,  “Being addicted to cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money.”

Quaid said,”I had one of those bright light experiences where I either saw myself ending up dead or losing everything I had worked for.” That’s when Quaid checked himself into a 30 day treatment center and has not touched cocaine since.

Quaid recovery has lead him to do some awesome things that many may not be aware of. In 2007, the hospital staff mistakenly gave Quaid’s ten-day-old twins a dosage of heparin 1,000 times the common dosage for infants. Quaid was told the new borns would be fine, but Quaid filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Baxter Healthcare, claiming that the packaging for the two doses of heparin were not different enough.

The incident with his twins led Quaid to become a patient-safety advocate, producing a string of documentaries on preventable medical errors and co-authoring a medical journal article addressing the positive influence of patient stories in motivating change in healthcare. His first documentary, Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm, aired on the Discovery Channel in 2010, and the second documentary, Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board, aired on the Discovery Channel in 2012.

A Dog’s Purpose, is based on the lovely international bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron will be on the big screen January 27, 2017. Cameron is a screenwriter for the new film. The family friendly Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media movie is being released by Universal Pictures and has some heavy hitting stars like Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson and K.J. Apa, and is directed by the Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Halstrom.

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Derrick D. Billingslea is an alcoholism and addictions treatment professional with over two decades in recovery himself and he is the Founder and CEO of HUGS Recovery Centers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.


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The Unspoken Killer Of 2016

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By Derrick D. Billingslea.

As of 12/30/2016 8:43am, alcohol has taken the lives of 133,575 people according to United States of American Realtime Death Toll and 390,115 for drug use which includes, tobacco, all drug abuse, prescription drug overdose, and smoking in bed. Source www.romans322.com/daily-death-rate-statistcs.php.

2016 should not be looked at as just a tragic year but as a wake call on the epidemic of drugs and alcohol the United States is facing. Who did you lose in 2016, was is your mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, daughter, son, friend(s), or a celebrity? For me it was a close friend that had been in recovery for over 15 years, the damage that had been done to his body from drinking and drug use could not be reversed. Abusing alcohol increases the likelihood of suffering atrial fibrillation, heart attack or congestive heart failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Here are some of the people we lost in 2016 due to drugs:
Rob Ford/Mayor or Toronto: Cancer after years of alcoholism and drug abuse, including crack cocaine.
Prince Rogers Nelson/Musician, producer, songwriter, and actor: Accidental fentanyl overdose
Amber Rayne/Actress: Accidental Cocaine overdose
Axl Rotten/Wrestler: Heroin overdose
Harris Wittels /Actor: Heroin overdose
Jose Fernandez/Miami Marlins Pitcher: Boat crash, drunk and traces of cocaine
We also lost, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and George Michael whom both fought to overcome their drug addiction.

“Turning Up” in the club today may have you turned up in a coffin 5 or 10 years from now because many fail to realize that addiction is a DIS-EASE.  There is help and addiction can be overcome if the individual wants it. For all the celebrities you saw die in 2016 from drug and alcohol abuse there were just as many that decided to seek help and are in recovery.

Drug abuse and alcoholism has a stigma of being a moral thing, bad choices, weak people, etc. This
is a Lie. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), that drug abuse is a disease, specifically, “Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease…similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease” (NIDA, 2008)

On December 13th 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act in a White House auditorium. The bill is a 6.3 billion dollar bill with allots 1 billion for substance abuse treatment targeting heroin and opioid addiction. President Obama quoted, “This is an epidemic that can touch anybody, blue collar, white collar, college students, retirees, kids, moms, dads,”.

A billion dollars sounds like a lot of money, but not when compared to the 2.05 billion alcohol companies use to advertise (Source) and 81 billion drug abuse cost employers per year (Source).

 

 

Derrick D. Billingslea is an alcoholism and addictions treatment professional with over two decades in recovery himself and he is the Founder and CEO of HUGS Recovery Centers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

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