March 11, 2010

Corey Haim's Death Highlights Difficulty of Addiction Recovery

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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jon Dosa   March 10th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

"Bobby Driscoll, who got an Oscar when he was nine years old then couldn't got a job as he started growing up was discovered dead in a NY alleyway and is now buried in Potters Field. Once during an interview he said about Hollywood, "They carried me on a velvet cushion and threw me in the dumpster!"

Simba   March 10th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

There is absolutely no evidence yet that Corey Haim died of a drug overdose. We do know that he had flu-like symptoms for a couple of days, similarly to Brittany Murphy. He may also have died from pneumonia, as she did. People who were child stars can succumb to illness, just like everyone else.

Gerald Jolly   March 10th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

I'm trying to understand why anyone would glorify this guy.

He had it all, but elected to make himself stupid by using drugs.


Phyllis   March 11th, 2010 12:00 am ET

Easy, Gerald. I highly doubt you're perfect and have never done anything stupid in your life. Do you not have any sympathy?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 11th, 2010 12:21 am ET

Does sound a tough world, Hollywood. Life is tough at the best of times. It seems so prevalent in Society now, these things. It must be a reflection of the times we live in.

Yet again another life gone so soon this way. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Condolences.

Brianna   March 11th, 2010 2:24 am ET

In the final months of his life he sounded like he was turning things around. "Live and learn." He had a big heart, and I for one will take the lessons from his life and death with me.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 11th, 2010 3:26 am ET

@Brianna March 11th, 2010 2:24 am ET

Yes, Very sad this happened. It is a demon one struggles against.

Jim Carroll   March 11th, 2010 10:03 am ET says, Give Californiaa some money.
Since the states gave up their right to create money, the Federal Government has the
responsibility to create the money the states need to balance their budgets. Article 1,
Section 8, of the Constitution gave the Federal Government power to create money.
Money must be created first before equal value can be created. The Federal Government
needs to create enough new money now to give each state five hundred million dollars for
each member of congress, which would be equal distribution. Goods and services is what
has real value–not money, which is mostly numbers on a computer chip. Over 5% growth
in GDP proves that money must be created before equal value can be created. The stimulas
and the bail-outs of banks and auto makers increased the GDP.

California could create its own money by making it good only in the state of
California and exchangeable with the dollar in California. Since the Federal Government
has a stupid money policy, there is no need for California to be broke when money is only
a medium of exchange for goods and services. California could withdraw from the United States
and become a new country. It could then create its own money supply like 191 other countries– which
would be good anywhere in the world. This would get the USA of the off of a gold standard mentality.
Article 1, Section 8, Constitution gives the Federal Government the power to keep a balanced money supply. New money
should be made available to all the states without any matching funds required for creating jobs and funding new
businesses which produces new jobs. Goods and services have real value. Money is only numbers on a computer chip
which exchanges goods and services. Get educated at the

Luther Schlegel   March 11th, 2010 10:04 am ET

Love your show. I think you should have a recovered person on the upcoming person with 10 or more years. I am in recovery for 22 years and it saved my life. I am now 75 years old and I am still very active in life and my recovery program

Deborah in Blue Springs, MO   March 11th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Larry, many people afflicted with drug addiction are exposed to illegal drugs early in life. If those drugs were controlled and regulated by our federal government – instead of being left under the control of drug cartels – the healthcare industry could identify and treat drug addiction more efficiently.

People say marijuana is a gateway drug. This is partially true, as the only place to purchase marijuana is from illegal drug dealers who often push their other products – addictive and lethal drugs. By regulating and controlling a legal marijuana market, we can diminish people's exposure to these harder drugs.

Kate   March 11th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

Larry- I agreed with a lot of what Corey Feldmen said. More people should have been there for him during his times of need and not just after he died. My condolences go out to him and the Haim family and friends. Corey is gone,but he is not forgotten.

Maria South Africa   March 11th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Rest in peace Corey God pick's another rose from his garden GOD BLESS.

Callie   March 11th, 2010 2:24 pm ET

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