Healthline / Dr. Howard Samuels, The Hills Treatment Center Don’t Mix: Parenting, Pills, and Pinot October 11, 2017

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If we’re being honest, many of us are probably guilty of ignoring warning labels at one time or another, buying into the belief that we’re smart enough and capable enough to assess a truly risky situation. Then, too, there’s the assumption that warning labels might be overly cautious.

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U.S.News / Dr. Howard Samuels, The Hills Treatment Center How to Plan a Sober Bachelorette or Bachelor Celebration July 13, 2017

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Oriana Murphy wanted to enjoy a memorable bachelorette outing with her girlfriends – literally memorable. “I didn’t want people to be wasted on my trip and not remember what we did,” says Murphy, who is in recovery from alcohol and drug misuse.

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Western New York Family Magazine / The Hills Treatment Center Talking to Your Kids About Illicit Drug Use July 11, 2017

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Reports about the current opioid epidemic have saturated the news over the last several months, leaving parents baffled as to why smart, well-adjusted kids are turning to heroin to get high. Even though we’ve had programs and policies at both the federal and local level, illicit drug use among our youth continues to be a grave problem. (pg 36-37)

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US News / The Hills Treatment Center Is Calling Someone Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol a Substance ‘Abuser’ Harmful? June 15, 2017

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Could referring to a person as a substance “abuser” hurt his or her chances of getting treatment and becoming sober? Does saying someone abuses alcohol or drugs unnecessarily stigmatize that person and affect the way some medical professionals view him or her? (more…)

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SheKnows / Dr. Howard Samuels, The Hills Treatment Center Drugs Your Kids Know About — & You Should Too May 18, 2017

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You’ve heard of coke, crack, LSD and ecstasy, but there are many other drugs out there — which are readily available, and not only from the “street.” “Designer drugs like spice and other ‘legal’ compounds are showing up for sale in gas stations and online faster than the law can keep up,” warns recovering addict Ed Hamill. (more…)

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U.S. News / The Hills Treatment Center 7 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About the Lethal Dangers of Opioids April 18, 2017

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How should parents talk to their kids about the lethal dangers of opioid addicton? What age is appropriate for such a discussion? How can mothers and fathers connect with their kids without having them tune out? (more…)

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People / The Hills Treatment Center Ben Affleck Is a ‘Leader’ for Opening Up About Alcoholism, Says Specialist: He’s ‘Fighting to Help’ Others March 16, 2017

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Through revealing his personal and private struggles, Ben Affleck may be able to make a difference in others’ lives, an addiction specialist tells PEOPLE. (more…)

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San Fernando Business Journal / The Hills Treatment Center Dr. Addiction March 6, 2017

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Howard C. Samuels, 64, grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father, Howard J. Samuels, founded Kordite Co., which produced the Hefty bag; he sold the company for $43 million in 1958. The sale catapulted him into New York’s high society and prompted a political career that included a stint as undersecretary of commerce and director of the Small Business Administration during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. (more…)

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Kindness and Hope / The Hills Treatment Center A heartbreak beyond belief: Julie Nagy lost her husband and son within the space of three days March 1, 2017

 

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How would you feel if your whole life was literally torn apart within the space of week? The two people you loved the most, taken away from you?

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U.S. News / The Hills Treatment Center Should Parents Call the Police on Their Opioid-Addicted Kids? January 31, 2017

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Terrified that her heroin addict son’s escalating drug use would soon kill him, one Maryland mother took a painful and drastic step to get him off the street: She set him up with the police. (more…)

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HealthZette / The Hills Treatment Center Bye, Bye, Obamacare — and Other Scourges of 2016 January 3, 2017

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The year 2017 is already looking better than last year. (more…)

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Inside Edition / The Hills Treatment Center Tweets From the Edge: The Final Weeks of ‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher’s Life January 3, 2017

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As the world mourns the death of actress Carrie Fisher, more light has been shed on the final weeks of her life. (more…)

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Los Angeles Business Journal / The Hills Treatment Center Recreational Pot Could Burn Employers December 19, 2016

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Recreational Pot Could Burn Employers

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EMPLOYERS, get ready. (more…)

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M.D./alert / The Hills Treatment Center Life-threatening risks to Hispanic men in unlicensed alcohol treatment centers December 2, 2016

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hispanic men seeking help in unlicensed alcohol rehabilitation facilities may face mistreatment and death, researchers report. (more…)

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San Fernando Valley Business Journal / The Hills Treatment Center Not Getting High on This Vote November 28, 2016

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Californians’ decision to legalize marijuana may well help businesses. It will create a bigger marijuana industry and boost all the usual service businesses, from accountants and security guards to real estate brokers and lawyers. (more…)

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Health Zette / The Hills Treatment Center Quit Giving Kids Access to Your Meds November 3, 2016

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Sober for more than 30 years, Howard Samuels knows firsthand the tragic reality of addiction. He hit rock bottom during his own battle with heroin and alcohol — before finally reclaiming his life. (more…)

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Fox News Entertainment / The Hills Treatment Center Topless pics and all-night partying: Lindsay Lohan’s behavior cause for concern? November 3, 2016

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Lindsay Lohan seemed to have turned a corner from her wild child days, leading a quiet life in London while trying her hand as a stage actress.

Then the last three months happened. (more…)

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AP Big Story / The Hills Treatment Center Business owners replace idealists in legal-pot movement October 19, 2016

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Business owners are replacing idealists in the pot-legalization movement as the nascent marijuana industry creates a broad base of new donors, many of them entrepreneurs willing to spend to change drug policy. (more…)

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LA Weekly / The Hills Treatment Center Brangelina Split: Is Marijuana the New Homewrecker? September 22, 2016

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Some reports have speculated that it was marijuana and alcohol, and not any third party, that caused Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to split.

“Our Angelina sources claim Brad heavily indulges in weed and alcohol and that, combined with what she claims is an anger problem, poses a danger to their kids,” TMZ reported. But the site also says Pitt is “furious” over the allegations.

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LifeZette / The Hills Treatment Center 3 Risky Games Your Kids Might Be Playing September 20, 2016

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The choking game is back — but it’s as far from a game as you can imagine. Kids are dying from it.
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Monsters & Critics / The Hills Treatment Center Amanda Peterson’s Unnecessary Death A Cautionary Tale, Says Addiction Expert September 3, 2015

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Dying of drug addiction or any addiction issues in your early forties is a tragic thing. The news of “Can’t Buy Me Love” star Amanda Peterson’s premature death due to a cocktail of prescription and other drugs is a learning moment for anyone reading this who dabbles and combines opiates and alcohol, or various pills to manage stress or simply for recreation.

Peterson died July 5. She was 43 years old, married and living in Greeley, Colorado, where she grew up.  Peterson reportedly died of an accidental morphine overdose, according to anautopsy report from the Weld County, Colorado, Coroner’s Office.  But morphine was one of several drugs she had ingested. According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety meds), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication). She also had marijuana in her system.

Peterson was prescribed multiple medications at the time of her death, including the pain medication gabapentin for a hysterectomy. (more…)

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LA Daily News | Sports / The Hills Treatment Center Doctor critical of USC’s handling of Sarkisian August 31, 2015

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USC’s handling of Coach Steve Sarkisian’s situation drew criticism Thursday from a doctor who treats patients with addiction problems.

Dr. Howard Samuels, founder of the The Hills treatment center in Hollywood, said based on Sarkisian’s behavior Saturday night and public comments this week, it was unwise to have Sarkisian seek treatment and coach football at the same time. (more…)

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