Addiction and Recovery

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Sheriff Blasts Cocaine Congressman Trey Radel: "He Doesn't Even Qualify to Drive a School Bus"

    After getting busted for cocaine possession and doing a stint at an outpatient rehab facility, Southwest Florida congressman Trey Radel is back to work on Capitol Hill as if nothing happened. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, a well-known and often outspoken Republican figure in Radel's district, how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Gucci Mane and Ten Other Drug-Addicted Rappers

    Gucci Mane has been going berserk lately. He spewed a bunch of hate speech about Brick Squad and how he banged Nicki Minaj via Twitter, and then his own friend called the cops and had him arrested for erratic behavior (getting an ice-cream cone tatted on his face wasn't a first clue?) -- but it seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Anti-Bong Bill Passes Florida House 112-3

    While other states are legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot, Florida is going in the exact opposite direction. A bill that would ban the sale of pipes and bongs that could be used to smoke marijuana passed the state House yesterday with a lopsided 112 ... More >>

  • Film

    July 5, 2012

    Bill W. at O Cinema July 5 to 8

    The director and co-writer talk about their first film and AA.

  • Film

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    "Prayer" in School Bill Heads to Rick Scott's Desk

    ​A bill that is meant to allow student-led prayers in school, a proposed law that could potentially lead to costly legal battles, is heading to Governor Rick Scott's desk after being passed by the Florida legislature today. Though, the bill itself doesn't mention the word "prayer," and instea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Connie Mack's Campaign Manager Sends Crazy Letter to George LeMieux Over Charlie Sheen Joke

    Yesterday George LeMieux made a mildly amusing (by GOP standards anyway) sort-of-zinger comparing his Republican Senate Primary opponent Connie Mack to Charlie Sheen. Well, now Mack's campaign manager Jeff Cohen has responded with this smarmy, hyperbolic, over-the-top letter addressed to LeMieux. Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Alvin Powell, Former Crack-Addicted Dolphins Player, is Now a Substance Abuse Counselor

    ​Even the most passionate Miami Dolphins fans might not remember Alvin Powell. The offensive lineman played only two games for the Fins in 1989 before suddenly resigning. His play on the field wasn't much helped by the fact that he was addicted to crack cocaine. Now the former NFL player has turne ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Miami Composer Wendy Mae Chambers Headed to Rehab, Not Jail, 18 Months After Drunken Hit & Run

    Chambers shows off her "car horn organ" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Aug. 2000​Local composer Wendy Mae Chambers is known for her avant-garde musical scores and quirky instruments, not her singing voice. But she must have sung one helluva tune in court earlier this month to avoid going to ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Protoman Gets "86'd" Artistically on New EP, Which Is Out Today

    ​ On the cover of his 86'd EP, conscious South Florida's rapper Protoman sends a mixed message with several examples of vice giving us bedroom eyes from that big, red no-no circle. Come sit over here, Crown Royal.With Los Angeles producer Sebino providing the beat firepower, the EP digs into every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Food News Roundup: Junk Food, Burger King, Passover, and Dream Water

    "Scientists in Florida say overeaters are addicted to junk food in the same way drug addicts are addicted to cocaine and heroin." [AllHeadlineNews]"Project Downtown, an organization that started about two years ago in Miami and now has branches other U.S. cities," continues feeding the homeless. [VO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    More Gerald Posner Plagiarism in Miami Babylon, From New Times, PBS, and Many Others

    Back on March 16, Riptide broke the news that South Beach-based author Gerald Posner's latest book, Miami Babylon, had stolen eight passages from Frank Owen's 2003 work Clubland. photo by Bill Cooke New Times and a doctoral student have found more than a dozen new instances of plagi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Still Tokin': 4 Million Adults Over 50 Still Get High

    ​Drugs: They're not just for young people. Old people are getting high in record numbers. A new government study suggests more than 4 million Americans over the age of 50 still smoke pot and abuse prescription drugs, a finding that should surprise no one. Especially if you know ex-h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Murder Junkies at Churchill's Pub Tonight

    Before dying of a heroin overdose in 1993 (see video above), GG Allin's final tour was supported by The Murder Junkies. The Murder Junkies were his last and best backing band. They featured his Hitler mustachioed brother Merle on bass, and the legendary Dino Sex on drums.  They will be perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Pick Your Poison At Finnegan's River

    Finnegan's River, located on the Miami River, is promoting its' new Detox Sundays deal. This means that from 11am to 7pm you can get five Presidente beers for $15, or $25 pitchers of margaritas or mojitos. We don't take issue with the offer, which sounds reasonable enough -- but "detox" denotes the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Defense Attorney: Catholic Parishioner-Turned-Scam Artist Had Drug Problem

    The Westchester Parishioner busted for a tax fraud scheme struggled with drug abuse, his lawyer Luis Fernandez tells Riptide. Pablo Gehr, 32, of St. Brendan's Catholic Church, conned over $200,000 from low-income and elderly individuals and members of his church. A judge sentenced him to three years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Scott Storch Is Back And He's Done Fuckin' With That Lindsay Lohan

    Original keyboard player for The Roots, former Davie school kid, and still-a-super-producer Scott Storch is back in the studio. He got caught up in the bullshit Hollywood rock star lifestyle, blew through millions of dollars and hit rock bottom before he woke up in rehab. Give thanks, Storch is a gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    UM Cancels Drunk Bus

    I'm not going to say all University of Miami students are bratty, entitled douche bags with serious alcohol problems and little respect for anyone but themselves. I mean, I went there after all (well, I don't have an alcohol problem), but there's no denying a certain portion of them are. Sadly, that ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2009

    How a Dirty Town Gets Clean

    Dr. Etti is rolling up her sleeves for Cleanse Miami

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    Healthful Food Tastes So Good

    Meet Dr. Etti. She’s here to clean this place up a bit.

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Must Love Meth

    A local drug-testing company is desperately seeking tweekers.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Reports of Weezy in Rehab Are Unfounded

    Yesterday evening, 99 Jamz's K. Foxx and numerous hip-hop blogs announced that Lil' Wayne had finally gone Hollywood and checked himself into rehab for drug addiction. The news wasn't that hard to believe after Wayne's admitted dependence on cocaine and syrup, and since a Styrofoam cup full of sizzu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Keep Banning Those Bags

    The tide may be turning: Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will offer customers reusable bags made from recyclable materials. And, want more evidence that plastic is bad for marine mammals? Just ask Pamela Sweeney of the Marine Animal Rescue Society here in Miami. She missed the deadline for ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Not-So-Dear Diaries

    Nikki Sixxs new memoir is a tale of blow, hookers, and all things Mötley Crüe

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007
  • News

    July 5, 2007

    Break the Habit

    John Schmidt will save Danny. Come hell or a good high.

  • Music

    March 16, 2006
  • Music

    October 27, 2005
  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Cowboy Junkies

    Early 21st Century Blues (Latent Recordings)

  • Music

    June 10, 2004
  • City Life

    May 13, 2004
  • News

    April 5, 2001

    My Name Is Victor, and I'm a Jailbird

    Too bad the county makes it so hard for me to get into a recovery program

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Addiction Affliction

    You thought going cold turkey was painful? Try Mohamed Ibrahim's rehab program at the Sea Winds Healthcare Services.

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Exiled in Havana

    With the FBI in pursuit, black activist Nehanda Abiodun a decade ago fled to Cuba, where she still dreams of fomenting a socialist revolution in the United States

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Agent of Deception

    Jerry Sullivan's descent into gambling, alcoholism, and crime began and ended with the FBI.

  • News

    July 16, 1998
  • News

    July 2, 1998

    A Quick Fix

    Despite skyrocketing demand, Miami-Dade is shutting down its only public detox center

  • News

    March 19, 1998

    The Addiction Connection

    They'll bust you for using heroin. They'll sell you the more addictive methadone for a nominal fee at a local clinic--legally. This makes sense?

  • News

    September 11, 1997

    Addicted to Addiction

    University of Miami's Deborah Mash believes ibogaine could be the wonder drug to end all drugs. And she's ready to risk everything to prove it.

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Dope Detective

    If it gets you high, chances are that James Hall knows more about it than anyone anywhere

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Rhaynetta's Cause: The Epilogue

    AIDS activist Rhaynetta Cheatham finally succumbs to the illness

  • Music

    June 26, 1996
  • News

    May 30, 1996

    Rhaynetta's Cause

    Even through her own struggle with the disease, Rhaynetta Cheatham has worked tirelessly to bring AIDS awareness where it's most needed: Miami's black community

  • News

    October 12, 1995

    Pep Talks

    In recovery, out in the field, members of the Partnership to Empower Parents reach out to Miami's drug-dependent mothers

  • News

    April 27, 1995

    Heroin Be the Death of Me

    South Beach nightlife sophisticates know they can handle it. A little puff now and then won't kill you. No big deal.

  • News

    June 23, 1993

    It's the Booze Talking

    They say the first step to recovery is admitting your addiction. And now they say it on the radio.

  • News

    April 14, 1993


    It alters perceptions and skews the ability to tell right from wrong. Ultimately, it results in a dysfunctional society. But it's not a drug. It's the War on Drugs.

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