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Updated December 03, 2013

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Below are the latest drug- and alcohol-related news stories from sources around the world. For more information about alcoholism and recovery-related news, check the homepage.

Demi Lovato Recalls 'Dark and Deep' Struggles
Singer Demi Lovato discussed her struggles with alcohol, drugs and a eating disorder in a recent interview. "When I was in treatment, I honestly thought my career was over," Lovato aaid. "But when I came out of treatment, I had more supportive fans than ever."

Amanda Bynes Competent for DUI Trial
Former "She's the Man" star Amanda Bynes has been ruled compentent to stand trial on driving under the influence charges. Bynew was supposed of have gone on trial September 24 for the April 2012 DUI charge by failed to show up for court.

Olivia Newton-John's Daughter Battled Drugs
Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of singer Olivia Newton-John, blames the stress of growing with a famous parent for her battle with drugs, alcohol and anorexia. The 27-year-old said in an interview that, "fame totally messes you up."

Jake T. Austin's Car in Hit-and-Run
Shermon Oaks, California police are investgating an incident in which a 2010 Audio registered to "Wizards of Waverly Place" actor Jake T. Austin crashed into three parked vehciles. The driver and passengers in the Audi were whisked away by a driving service before police arrived, but it was the same vehicle in which Austin, whose real name is Jake Szymanski, got a DUI last month.

Buckwild Star Anna Davis Arrested
More legal troubles face former "Buckwile" reality star Anna Davis. The 23-year-old "wild child" of the television show's cast has been arrested fro aggravated DUI by Kanawha County, West Virginia police. The "aggravated" charge usually means a blood-alcohol level over 0.15.

Rep. Trey Radel to Enter Rehab
Freshman U.S. Congressman Trey Radel has taken a leave of absence and plans to enter rehab after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession. "I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country," he said at a news conference.

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Lady Gaga Admits Marijuana Addiction
Singer and performer Lady Gaga admitted in a radio interview that she was once addicted to marijuana. "I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety-coping and it's a form of self medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco."

Sam Donaldson DUI Charge Dismissed
Sam Donaldson has been found not guilty of driving under the influence by a Delaware judge. Although the officer who stopped Donaldson said he was weaving outside the traffic lane, Judge Rosemary B. Beauregard ruled that police had to probable cause to arrest the veteran ABC News anchor.


Actor Anthony Mackie Arrested for DWI
Actor Anthony Mackie is facing driving while intoxicated charges in New York City. The "Pain & Gain" actor refused to take a breathalyzer test when he was stopped in Harlem, according to police reports.

Sam Hurd Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy
Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on federal drug charges. The 28-year-old Hurd pleaded guilty in April to trying to set up a massive drug distribution network while still playing in the NFL.

Rapper 'Dangeruss' Arrested for Drugs
Rapper Dangeruss, whose real name is Russell Allen Curry, is facing drug charges in his hometown St. Petersburg. Known as the inspiration for a drug-dealing rapper in "Spring Breakers," Curry was arrested for selling $60 worth of marijuana to a police officer.

Chiefs Wide Receiver Busted for Drugs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been arrested on drug charges after being stopped on a traffic violation. Police officers found more than 10 grams of marijuana in his vehicle after pulling Bowe over for speeding.

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