WBEZ | rehab http://www.wbez.org/tags/rehab Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en "I thought it was my job to protect you and to fix you" http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/i-thought-it-was-my-job-protect-you-and-fix-you-111820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 150403 John and Jonah Holm bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jonah Holm, who prefers to use the gender-neutral pronoun they and their, was isolated and addicted to drugs as a teenager. Jonah&rsquo;s father, John, was a pastor who thought he&rsquo;d done everything possible to fix his child.</p><p>In this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps we hear from Jonah and John Holm as they talk about getting to know and love each other.</p><p>&ldquo;It was clear that you had checked out,&rdquo; John tells Jonah. Jonah spent a lot of time isolated from their family.</p><p>&ldquo;I thought it was my job to protect you and to fix you,&rdquo; John says. He gave Jonah lots of advice. And when it didn&rsquo;t stick, John gave more, and louder, advice.</p><p>&ldquo;It was the only thing I knew to do,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;And that just pushed you away more.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;You were my dad, and you were a good dad, but I didn&rsquo;t think you liked me,&rdquo; Jonah says. Jonah believed the more John tried, the bigger the wedge between them.</p><p>It wasn&rsquo;t until father and child went to family counseling that John realized he couldn&rsquo;t fix Jonah.</p><p>&ldquo;I can only change myself,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Indeed, I needed to change, regardless of what you were going to do.&rdquo;</p><p>That understanding broke open their relationship.</p><p>&ldquo;For you to step out and stop trying to fix me,&rdquo; Jonah says, &ldquo;and then address your stuff, then I could just be a member of the family, instead of be the thing that was wrong with us.&rdquo;</p><p>Jonah told their family they were addicted to heroin and needed to drop out of college to go to rehab.</p><p>Their family was immediately supportive, and Jonah says, &ldquo;At that moment it stopped being important that you liked me, because loving me meant something else.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/i-thought-it-was-my-job-protect-you-and-fix-you-111820 Morning Shift: A new approach to drug rehab for mothers http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-06-05/morning-shift-new-approach-drug-rehab-mothers-110285 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.wbez.org/" alt="" /><p><p>We hear about some of the current research into what many say is becoming a major health crisis - Alzheimer&#39;s disease. And, we look at another approach to drug treatment for women with kids. Then, we hear the sounds of Chicago&#39;s Kelroy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: A new approach to drug rehab for mothers" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-06-05/morning-shift-new-approach-drug-rehab-mothers-110285 Chicago Vocational renovation project moves forward http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/chicago-vocational-renovation-project-moves-forward-108055 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/223903_10150992922331011_1407405589_n.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A significant portion of Chicago Vocational Career Academy, an architecturally-important building that is the city&#39;s second-largest public school, would be demolished as part of a $42 million bid to turn the structure into a tech academy.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">According to Chicago Public Building Commission documents, the school&#39;s block-and-a-half long, 150,000 square foot wing along Anthony Avenue &mdash; the portion of the school seen by scores of Chicago Skyway drivers each day &mdash; would be razed. A hangar that once housed the school&#39;s aviation shop would also be demolished. The remainder of the school and its exterior would be rehabilitated.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The PBC on Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://pbcchicago.com/content/working/opening_display.asp?BID_ID=434">issued a request for qualifications</a>&nbsp;seeking contractors who can handle the three-phase overhaul of the former Chicago Vocational High School at 2100 E. 87th St. &nbsp;When the dust clears, the school would become a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/10936381-418/new-six-year-tech-high-schools-in-chicago-to-offer-associate-degrees.html">six-year school</a> with a curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The school was designed for 6,000 students so downsizing is in order. Still, seeing more than a third of the delta-shaped late Art Deco-designed school vanish would be a bit startling. Built in 1940 for $3.5 million, the 27-acre school is a big, beautiful complex rendered in a blocky, WPA-modern esthetic.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Its sheer massiveness is one of the things that most impressed me,&quot; said Lisa DiChiera, advocacy director for the preservation organization Landmarks Illinois. Here&#39;s a section of the 87th Street portion of the school. This wing will be preserved:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/398785_10150992922211011_219395152_n.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">And the main entrance:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/550732_10150992922151011_1958899631_n.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Contractor submittals are due by July 31, according to the PBC.</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/chicago-vocational-renovation-project-moves-forward-108055 The child star problem http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/child-star-problem-107381 <p><p><img 12.="" 2002="" age="" alt="" amanda="" at="" class="image-original_image" in="" of="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/amandashow.jpg" style="float: right; height: 301px; width: 300px; " the="" title="File: Amanda Bynes starring on &quot;The Amanda Show&quot; in 2002, at age 13. (Nickelodeon)" />Six years ago, rising teen idol Amanda Bynes went on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe0KuGWT-UU" target="_blank"><em>The View</em></a>&nbsp;to talk about how &quot;normal&quot; she was in comparison to other fallen child stars like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan:&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;You have to have to your eye on the prize, and you have to have goals in life,&quot; she said. &quot;I want a long career, and I don&#39;t think that partying and stuff is the best way to achieve that.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Oh, how things have changed.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Last week, Bynes was <a href="http://gawker.com/amanda-bynes-announces-plan-to-sue-nypd-get-plastic-su-510003922" target="_blank">arrested</a>&nbsp;for allegedly&nbsp;throwing a bong out of her apartment window. She then threatened to sue the NYPD for <a href="http://gawker.com/amanda-bynes-claims-she-never-owned-a-bong-doesnt-smo-509867053" target="_blank">sexual harrassment</a>&nbsp;after they sent her to the psych ward for an evaluation.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">This event is just the latest in a string of bizarre antics from Bynes over the past year: a DUI in April 2012, two hit-and-runs, a mass firing of all her staff members, a now-infamous&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/AmandaBynes" target="_blank">Twitter account</a> that grows more disturbing and nonsensical by the day and a <a href="http://gawker.com/5993761/what-the-hell-is-going-on-with-amanda-bynes-a-treatise" target="_blank">wigged-out new look </a>that is shocking to say the least.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">What happened to the bubbly child actress whose<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Bynes" target="_blank">&nbsp;prodigious talent</a>&nbsp;earned her a spot on Nickelodeon&#39;s <em>All That&nbsp;</em>by age 10, her own sketch comedy show&nbsp;at age 13 and a slew of memorable film roles (<em>What A Girl Wants</em>, <em>She&#39;s the Man</em>) before her 21st birthday?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Or, even more importantly, what happened to&nbsp;<a href="http://listverse.com/2009/04/19/top-10-child-stars-gone-bad/" target="_blank">all of the other child stars</a>&nbsp;whose once-promising careers turned into hellish downward spirals of drug abuse, sex scandals, bouts with mental illness, multiple trips to rehab and for many, tragic and untimely death?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">For as long as &quot;stage moms&quot; have been shoving their kids in front of cameras, child stars have been turning to drugs or engaging in other harmful behaviors in order to reconcile the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_actor#Post-success_troubles" target="_blank">damaging psychological effects of early fame</a>. &nbsp;Notable examples include Judy Garland, Bobby Driscoll, Michael Jackson, Corey Haim, Jonathon Brandis, Dana Plato, Brad Renfro and River Phoenix&mdash;all of whom died of either a drug overdose or suicide after spending the majority of their childhoods in the glaring spotlight.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Some have been able to turn their lives around (like Todd Bridges and Drew Barrymore) while only a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-child-stars-whose-lives-were-not-ruined-by-fame.php" target="_blank">select group </a>&nbsp;has managed to avoid the self-destructive tendencies that befell so many others.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">In most cases though, the vast majority of these success stories resulted from either a career redirection or departure from the industry altogether. For example: Shirley Temple turned to a career in politics and diplomacy, Ron Howard stepped behind the camera, and a long list of others (including Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman and Claire Danes) took a break to attend college and experience at least a small slice of normalcy for once in their lives.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Perhaps that&#39;s all they need: a step back, a break from stardom and a chance to be &quot;normal.&quot; Still, early fame and depression are often inextricably linked. Career slumps are difficult for adults to handle; but for children whose egos are still painfully fragile and whose brains haven&#39;t fully developed, the pit falls of fame are even more confusing, scary and mentally devastating beyond repair.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">A few years ago, former child star and recovering drug addict Corey Feldman (<em>The Goonies</em>, <em>Stand by Me</em>) revealed that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpjA-PqrKU" target="_blank">pedophilia</a> is the biggest problem facing children in Hollywood.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">However, he also admitted that growing up in front of the camera (he started acting in commercials at age three) had already laid the groundwork for a descent into depression and drug abuse; and that without proper guidance, the same could happen to anyone. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Maybe we can&#39;t prevent child stars from self-destructing, but we can take steps to stop perpetuating the cycle.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Popular media: stop sexualizing children. Tabloids: leave them alone. Responsible adults: be parents, not enablers. And for goodness sake, let&nbsp;Quvenzhané Wallis wear her <a href="http://style.mtv.com/2013/02/24/2013-oscars-quvenzhane-wallis-puppy-purse/" target="_blank">puppy purse </a>for as long as possible. She may be a <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/quvenzhane-wallis-best-actress-oscar-nominee-to-star-as-annie-2013242" target="_blank">Best Actress nominee</a> with many exciting roles ahead of her, but she&#39;ll only be a 9-year-old once.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/child-star-problem-107381