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February 14th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Expert: 'Worst place for Whitney to be'

Addiction expert Bob Forrest joins Brooke to analyze Whitney Houston's decisions and environment in the days before her death.  Forrest discusses his concerns with the "outrageous" and "shocking" behavior of  those around Houston, saying they didn't do enough to support her sobriety.  He also expresses frustration with the general public's lack of  concern for what he says is a prescription drug "epidemic".

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  1. Rhiannon

    Bob's a smart dude an a great advocate for recovering addicts. Looking forward to his insight and wisdom on this story. Hope to see him on Dr. Drew or JVM sometime to discuss this RX drug epidemic and educate those who innocently take narcotic RX's, for real ailments, on the dangers of drug dependence vs. addiction. Both are terrible states to be in. Even the most responsible patient may take steps to avoid addiction, but no one is immune to opiate tolerance and that can be just as dangerous as addiction.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  2. tony thompson

    Why is it that the real truth is avoided. Self destructive people will always self destruct with or with out help....But because it is a star the media sensationalizes it so much because they have made reality TV into mega buck producers. Then there are these so called pofessinals of the recovery industry oh yes i said industry, that all most always boast and make it all about them and there damn recovery.Like they are looking for praise and reconigtion for doing what they should have been doing the whole time anyway..So what happened to that grest thing called aynonomus.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Kathy Hahn

    I'm sure the world is interested in the deaths of famous people, ie: Whitney Houston, MIchael Jackson. BUT I am the mother of a soldier who has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for the past year. He wakes up and sees all the news about these people who clearly had drug problems and literally killed themselves. Why we spend so much AIR time on them and spend so little acknowleging over 7000 men and women killed, paying the ultimate sacrifice so you as reporters and all us can sleep at night in peace. How about DAILY we show the faces of the honorable men and women and remember where our priorities are. It is sad to me that they get maybe less than 3 minutes being mentioned if that. Dr. Drew, Nancy Grace, and all the rest of the media, PLEASE show these men and women more respect. This would also give those that are still fighting and sacrificing their lives the respect they too are due. They have to live with losing their brothers and sisters daily. They would like to feel they are MORE important than these idiots that drug themselves to death. HONOR vs STUPIDITY? Where are your priorities as news broadcasters? I'm sure if you have access you could see how many soldiers are disgusted with the constant 24/7 about these famous people. My son's words were : What kind of message does this send to our youth". So true... You show the faces of these Fallen men and women on your site. How about showing them more often ON AIR. They deserve the Glory more than Whitney or Michael.
    Thank You for at least allowing me to speak for our TROOPS...
    Kathy Hahn, Oklahoma City, OK

    February 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Maria Woods

    I think it is a disgrace that people such as "Celebrities- Athletes-Politicians" have such little regard for life, to waste it doing drugs... They have the money and resources to get the help they need...I don't feel anything but contempt.. when I hear of a death of a so called "Celebrity" which consumes the news it sickens me. News Media report the wake of Destruction that they Selfishly left behind***SUICIDE BY CHOICE***

    February 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  5. Val M

    He who is without sin, cast the first stone. YES it is documented she HAD a problem, she moved past it and did the best she could – Whitney was an AWESOME singer who made you feel a wide range of emotions when she took the microphone, if you haven't you should listen to her last CD I LOOK TO YOU, she accepted responsibility for her own actions and has never placed blame in anyone else for her addictions/demons – SHE WAS HUMAN. Now just as your family would mourn your death hers is doing the same thing, and I applaud them for keeping her services private as that what they should be, I lift her family up in prayer and may God give them the strength they need to face the days ahead without herl.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  6. Carol Hartford

    Sadly, addiction is a treatable illness. Hopefull,y the death of individuals who are public figures will draw attention to the ethical and medical issues related to drug dependence.

    February 18, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  7. tee hee

    Expert,... I lol'd

    February 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  8. Oldfalguy

    Deaths of celebrities may well increase discussion on addiction for a little while but that is nothing new and nothing will change- people will still get addicted no matter how much so called education is put forth.
    What I do not get is the lowering of flags for anyone not in military service.
    Ms Houston chose her way and kept at it when she had all the assets to beat it.
    If she couldn't beat it with her money then no one can, ergo she chose not to beat it.
    Simplistic- yes

    February 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  9. mobetta

    "Expert: 'Worst place for Whitney to be" ". Yup – six feet under is a he!! of a place to be....

    February 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Apollo

    I always find it interesting how some have to post nothing but crap. If anything good comes from this it will be the dangers of perscription drugs. You can survived the illegal drugs, but once you are under a doctors care with legal drugs you die. Your 3 times more likely to die under a doctors care with these type of drugs then with illegal drugs. Side effects from many of these drugs, if anyone would bother to read inserts, includes death. Xanax side effects, Cardiac arrithmia, unable to speack, shortness of breath and so on and so on and so on. 25% of all children are on these type of medications in one form or another. 1000s of death each year from taking these drugs as perscribed and not abused and not with alcohol. Multiple side effects just fron Xanax alone could have killed her. When you read the insert for Lunestra, a common perscribed sleeping air, one of the side effects is death. No mixing of drugs, no booze, just taking the drug as perscribed can kill you. Look up the side effects of this crap, you might actually surprise yourself and get educated!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  11. bekad

    Addiction is a dreadful disease..... Very few , if any, people have not been touched by addiciton. And very very few people can beat addiction.... Perhaps Whitney, Michael, etc. can open the eyes of our government and somehow addiction can be conquered in the US.. It's a sickness, a disease the same as any other illness... No one asks to be an addict...

    February 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  12. Rick

    Whitney could have only helped herself, you can't force people to stop drug abuse. She had all the opportunities in the world to clean up her life, but she died in a ten thousand dollar marble bathtub instead.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  13. belindar

    A good idea is to put on prescription bottles label, "One sip of alcohol taken with one of these pills will kill you”, similar to what is on a cigarette pack. This may reach some of these addicts and keep them from killing themselves and leaving all the sorrow with their families. If this does not do it, nothing will keep them from going to the grave too soon.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Gary

    Please stop harping on the drug aspect. She was found to have prescription drugs, but has anyone said she took too many or the wrong dosage or even mixed them with alcohol? Just because a person has been prescribed drugs, it doesn't mean it caused their death. 1.1% of the US population has a peanut allergy. If you fed a peanut butter sandwich to 1,000 people, odds are 11 of them would die.....but does anyone tell Skippy to remove their products from the shelf? Of course not. We are responsible for our own lives. Whitney Houston NEVER owned her addiction. She was never sober, she was lying and surrounding herself with an entourage of willing enablers. She's dead because her "rock bottom" wasn't nearly low enough to get her sober. Too many selfish idiots propping her up.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Joi

    I wanted to find out how to email Mark Whitaker. I read today about his in depth look at addiction. I wanted to say that finally someone is willing to deal with truth as only the truth can set you free. While I do not know Whitney Huston's personal situation, I as the spouce of a man who deals with addiction and am writing a book on it as well, (looking for a publisher if you can assist me). I am so tired of us blaming doctors and others when the real simple truth no one can stop an addict but an addict themselves wanting and seeking help. The best thing that can be done in America is to face the dramatically rising occurances of addiction that are paralyzing people in all walks of life. To stop acting as if it is an exclusive illness only for the very rich or the poor, and to face head on what is happeining in our society. As a woman who struggled trying to find treatment for a husband with an addiction to cocaine, when the only addiction at the time someone seemed to acknolwedge was alcohol and without medical insurance we were doomed to fall to the wayside. I am personally watching this disease take over more and more americans and others seems to sit idly by acting like they do not see it. Please continue to address this issue and talk with everyday people like myself whose life and my children's lives have also been devestated and directly affected by this illness. This is a crisis in America, we can ignore it but it will not disappear.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |

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