March 11, 2010
Posted: 01:40 AM ET
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The death of 38-year-old actor Corey Haim by an alleged prescription drug overdose has cast renewed light on the question of whether an addict can truly "recover" - particularly in light of accounts, including Haim's, that he had cleaned up his life.
Corey Haim and Corey Feldman address drug addiction in young celebrities.Haim was taken from his mother's North Hollywood home by ambulance to Burbank's Providence St. Joseph Medical Center early this morning, where he died at about 3:40 a.m. PT, according to police Sgt. Frank Albarran.
Haim struggled with cocaine and Valium addiction and reportedly was admitted to rehab more than 15 times.
"Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes, and unfortunately there is absolutely no guarantee that a person will be cured," said Mohamed Kabbaj, a neuroscientist at Florida State University. "Even if a person goes through rehab they will be faced with craving in certain situations and they can relapse anytime - even after years of being sober."
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