DJ AM meets 20-yr-old heroin addict, Gary, who has already lost several family members to drugs and is convinced he'll end up the same if he doesn't get clean.
I dont want to be a bitter but.. how could a drug addict who died like he did teach teens how to fight their addiction to drugs? I's somehow sadly ironic.
Hi Gary, my name is Jax. I would really like to talk to you. If you could email me or add me on myspace that'd be sick. :)
How do you not have any sympathy for any of them? Yes they chose to use the **** but they became addicted... The **** just calls them like a demon... You have to understand that...
WHY IS THIS VIDEO UNAVAILABLE????? ANYONE ELSE HAVING THIS PROBLEM??
Um, DJ AM was found with cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole in his system. There is nothing accidental about that cocktail of drugs. He killed himself by overdose. It's HellBlazerRaiser, not "razor." Again, junkies make the conscious decision to become junkies. Alcoholics makes the conscious decision to become alcoholics. Nothing is forced on them. People need to take responsibility for their actions.
I never wrote that it is not covered. Re-read what I wrote - substance abuse is not covered under the MEDICAL benefits. It is not considered medical. It falls under behavioral health and unfortunately, in my state, we have mandated behavioral health benefits. I personally DO NOT think it should be a covered benefit.
Committing ******* makes DJ AM a hypocrite.
I write what all of you are afraid to write - the truth. I am sure DJ AM was full of life. He was also full of cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.
Misskitty : On September 29, 2009, the New York medical examiner determined that DJ AM's death was an accident caused by "acute intoxication" from a combination of cocaine and prescription drugs. He died from a combination of cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole (a drug used to cut cocaine).[
Ok HellBlazerRazor I'll give you that fact that most of the stuff that happens to us we brought on ourselves but you cannot tell me you never made bad choices in life. Who died and made you God? And for everyone's benefit DJ AM in my eyes didn't relapse. According to news reports he died of an ACCIDENTAL overdose of Xanax that he got from his psychiatrist. He could have taken his regular dose then later, not remember taking it, he took the dose again. It wasn't done on purpose to kill himself or get high.
This is in response to HellBlazerRazor, First of all you don't know all your facts. It has been proved scientifically that addiction is a disease. Whether it be alcohol, cocaine, or alcohol. Why don't you google TIQ and addiction. I think you would be surprised at the amount of people that struggle with addiction. And, because of the stigma, most people hide it. U have no right to sit there and pass judgment. This is an important show because if it helps one person out there it's worth it. And I hope that you never have to live through a person that you may care about someday struggle with addiction and the recovery process. And insurance companies do pay for treatment. At least reputable ones. Or could be you have some reason to watch this and maybe in some sort of denial about some aspect of your life. I praise the work DJ AM did in this series. Have a heart !!! Bad Karma !!
Keep up the Great work Gary. I know how hard it is but you are so young and now you can enjoy your life. It's the ignorance in society today that don't realize that there is so much more to alcohol and drug use. In all reality law enforcement doesn't want alcoholics or drug addicts to get "clean" Because who would they put in prison and jails. Occupancy would probably be 75% less that it is now. It's a very complex topic. All the recovering person can do is ignore negative people and comments. Because if you can't take anything away from this program and see that it helps people change, change the channel. This is supposed to be positive not negative.
R.I.P DJ AM
its so crazy to read all these negative comments from people...DJ AM did a really good thing with this show and anyone who has anything bad 2 say about him or the people who were on the show obviously have no clue what addiction really is. i've struggled with it for years and think even if DJ AM passed away from drug use that doesnt mean everything he said was ********. if nething it makes it all the more true...so hang in there gary n don't let dumb people get 2 u
I had the chance to meet dj am at a show in Denver shortly before the plane crash, and he was so full of life, Gary please honor his spirit by sharing your passion for something with world, whatever that may be. stay up Gary.
AND YOUR A ***** HELLBLAZERRAISERBITCHBOY
DJ AM looked stoned throughout each of the three episodes I have watched.
Addiction is NOT a disease nor is it a medical condition, which is why it's not covered under the medical benefits. Drug addiction is a choice. You CHOOSE to start doing drugs. You CHOOSE to go out and buy the drugs. YOU CHOOSE to stick the needle in your arm. You CHOOSE to sit in your room all day and night with needles and baggies and boxes of crackers holding your refuse. No one CHOOSES to get prostate cancer. No one wakes up one day and says, "Hey, I like Michael J. Fox, I think I'll go and catch Parkinson's Disease." But they do see their friends who are high and want to emulate that and capture that high. It is their fault. No one else's. It is not a medical condition that forces you to go out and take the drugs. It is your own choice.
Gary, k first don't listen to buttercup, he apparently does not know the truth behind addiction. I've been there and hope you are doing well. I've been there and have hit bad points with my folks and now still going to AA and NA groups for a few years now. Having other people around struggling with addictions helps. mommie1206 knows what she is talking about. Its like how Rome was built, brick by brick my friend, brick by brick
Gary, were you sick during your intervention? Your pupils were really big... Anyway, I know how unbelievably hard it is to be a recovering heroin addict. My husband and I have been clean since 2-18-09 and it's a constant struggle. However, being clean, not having to worry about being sick, and where we will get out next fix, is the most wonderful thing on earth! I appreciate little things so much more now! Like being able to sleep at night, being able to just function like a normal person is amazing! Even though being clean is the best thing, I still do feel like I will never be able to be happy again. Even after being clean for over 6 months, and even with Suboxone to help, I just feel like I will never ever be able to be as happy as I was when I was high. My counselor (we are going to a clinic for Suboxone and counseling) tells me that I will eventually be able to be happy again like I use to be before I got addicted to heroin, and I have made HUGE improvements, but it's still just so hard! So yeah, I know what you went through/are going through. I don't even know you and I'm proud of you! Keep it up! Stay clean! You just have to wake up every day knowing that you will not use, you will stay clean for the rest of your life. And just like DJ AM said, staying busy helps! I really wish you the best of luck and I will keep you in my prayers.
My husband and I were on opiates for over 5 years. We started with the little pain pills that our doctors prescribed, then went up to Morphine, Oxycontin, and then we were on heroin for over a year. Now we have been clean, and on Suboxone, since 2-18-09. Getting clean, even with the help of Suboxone, has been harder than I ever imagined anything could be. But we know that if we ever want to have a good life, we have to get clean and stay clean, period. As hard as it now is to wake up and get through every day without heroin, that's just something we have to do. Anyway, again, some people are born with addictive personalities. That's not our fault. Some people do make the stupid decision to pick up drugs for the first time, and then others end up getting addicted by doing what their doctors say and then make the stupid decision to not get help as soon as they realize they are physically addicted. All addicts (well as far as I know anyway), make dumb decisions to get to where they are, but at the same time, it's not always how you think it is. The word hell doesn't even begin to truly describe what a recovering addict goes through, especially in the beginning, but also for the rest of their lives. It is a very hard life once you get into it, and really, the chances of an opiate addict ever getting clean and staying clean for the rest of their lives are slim to none. Once you are addicted to heroin, you are just expected to die from it. If DJ AM was able to even save one life with this show, he has done something truly amazing! I feel like this show is a wonderful thing, and it is very inspirational to my husband and I to watch other people getting clean like we did.
Wow! It never ceases to amaze me just how heartless and ignorant people can be. It really is sad. My husband and I were both raised in good homes, have good educations, etc, and we are recovering addicts. It's funny because people use to tell me that I didn't look like a heroin addict. Well, what does a heroin addict look like? Heroin addicts look like me and you, like your best friend, your mom and dad, they look like everyone, because people from all walks of life, people of all ages, races, religions, etc, can be addicts. Addiction is a chronic disease. It is a serious medical condition. Yes, a lot of addicts made that horrible decision to pick up drugs for the first time, but at the same time, a lot of us, like myself and my husband, were put on pain pills, and kept on pain pills way longer than we should have been, by doctors after an accident (like my husband) or after a surgery (like me). Some people are just born with an "addictive personality", like my husband and I, and after I had my first kidney surgery, I was prescribed pain pills. When my doctor finally took me off of them, that's when I realized how sick I was without them. So, I started buying opiates illegally. After a while, you move up to stronger things because the smaller ones don't even take away your sickness. And that is how my husband and I both ended up on heroin. Yes, it was our decisions to not get help in the very beginning, but unless you are an addict you will never be able to understand. Once you have felt that high, you can't imagine not having it. And once you have felt the withdrawals, you'd almost rather die than go through that.