CNN / SHOWBIZ TONIGHT August 8, 2007
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BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Stars and drugs. There is a long and troubled history in Hollywood of stars going overboard, over dosing, losing their careers, relationships, and even their lives. But why does fame and drug abuse so often go hand in hand?

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HOWARD BRAGMAN, 15 MINUTES PR: Hollywood is a place of insecurity, and insecurity leads to drugs and addiction.

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ANDERSON: Nicole Richie admits doing drugs in the past. Lots of them, in fact. And she is not alone. I have to say, it sometimes seems that Hollywood is out of control.

But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is here to tell you that the sad fact is for Hollywood it`s business as usual. In tonight`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report we are revealing the ugly truth about stars and drugs.

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ANDERSON (voice over): Fame and fortune are not the only things that Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan have in common. Both of the 20-something starlets got into serious trouble because of a drug connection. Nicole admits using cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and the powerful prescription pill Vicodin. And cops have busted Lindsay twice now for suspicion of cocaine possession.

PEREZ HILTON, CELEBRITY BLOGGER: Everybody does drugs in Hollywood. Everybody does a lot of drugs in Hollywood.

ANDERSON: Perez Hilton has one of the most popular blogs out there when it comes to the stars and their private lives. He tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Nicole and Lindsay are not alone. Drugs, he says, are simply everywhere in celebrity circles.

HILTON: It`s like mixing. I`m going it take some pills and booze and coke and weed and crazy.

ANDERSON: Crazy, but is drug use in Hollywood really anything new?

JULIA ALLISON, "STAR" MAGAZINE: Substance abuse is nothing new in Hollywood. It`s been going on forever, Marilynn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, Chris Farley. This is absolutely nothing new.

CYBIL SHEPHERD, ACTRESS: I really think that the drugs were the problem with Elvis Presley.

ANDERSON: Actor Cybil Shepherd dated Elvis in the 1970s, until his pill use put an end to their relationship.

SHEPHERD: I think he was probably using all the time.

ANDERSON: Shepherd told CNN`s Larry King the Elvis she got to know in private was much different than the Elvis who performed in front of thousands.

SHEPHERD: The pressure of performing, as much as he loved it, as brilliant as he was at it, increased his drug use.

ANDERSON: Elvis relied on several different doctors and people in his inner circle to get him drugs. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you even today decades later it`s pretty much business as usual in Hollywood.

ALLISON: Celebrities are surrounded by enablers. They`re surrounded by people who will do anything to be near them.

CURT COBAIN, LATE SINGER: Come as you are .

ANDERSON: In the early 1990s Nirvana front man Curt Cobain was being called one of the most influential musicians in rock history. But offstage Cobain was suffering from a lifetime of depression and hiding a massive heroin addiction.

COBAIN: As of right now, officially, it`s over with.

ANDERSON: Overdoses, detox, and rehab didn`t stop him from using. On April 5th, 1994, Curt Cobain was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Huge amounts of heroin were in his system. Just one year earlier drugs took the life of one of Hollywood`s most promising young actors. River Phoenix overdosed on a speed ball, a mixture of heroin and cocaine, after partying at L.A. hotspot the Viper Room. It killed him. He was just 23 years old.

CORY HAIM, ACTOR: For me I had to create a regiment. I had to disassociate with many people.

ANDERSON: Cory Haim and his best friend Corey Feldman know the pitfalls of being young and famous. They ran in the same circles as River Phoenix, and just like Phoenix developed hard core drug habits. Haim`s habit almost cost him his life. Feldman tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT he was lucky to catch his problem early on.

COREY FELDMAN, ACTOR: I became an addict. And I got through it. And I went to rehab. And I was actually sober, 100 percent sober, before I was 19 years old. But what I went through I went through very publicly and got it done and I got it out of the way.

ANDERSON: Comedian Chris Farley couldn`t get his habit out of the way.

CHRIS FARLEY, LATE COMEDIAN: Any attention is good, right?

ANDERSON: People noticed his health had deteriorated before he died of a cocaine and morphine overdose in 1997.

Jerry Garcia, front man for the Grateful Dead was fully hooked on heroin. A dependency that would haunt him as his health deteriorated. In 1995 his heart gave out. Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir says he noticed a difference in the band`s drug use as the years went by.

BOB WEIR, GRATEFUL DEAD: For some reason back in the late 1960s the kind of drugs we were doing were different, and the drug experience was like qualitatively different. It was an adventure. These days it`s an escape.

ANDERSON: And `80s pop sensation Boy George knows all about that.

BOY GEORGE, SINGER: It`s about running away. You know, there`s nowhere to hide. I can tell you that.

ANDERSON: Boy George and his band Culture Club were on top of the charts in the 1980s.

But his battle with drugs broke the band up, and by 2005 his cocaine possession arrest followed by a humiliating garbage cleanup sentence had once again put him in the spotlight.

HOWARD BRAGMAN, FIFTEEN MINUTES PR: Hollywood is a place of insecurity, and insecurity leads to drugs and addiction.

ALLISON: We are already dealing with people with low self-esteem, people who want others to like them. They tend to be addictive personalities. It`s a recipe for substance abuse.

ANDERSON: Steven Tyler can attest to that. As the lead singer of Aerosmith he had unprecedented access to drugs. He, too, got hooked on heroin, but band mates weren`t having it. They asked him to go to rehab. He kicked the habit and is now clean and sober.

STEVEN TYLER, AEOROSHITH: It`s real important to take your power back because it`s so easy to give it away.

ANDERSON: Dallas Taylor, the former drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young knows about that. His heroin addiction cost him his job, but, luckily, not his life.

DALLAS TAYLOR, FMR. DRUMMER: I`m just really, you know, one of those few lucky ones because my peers -- or most of my peers are dead. Jimmy Hendricks. I don`t know why I`m alive and they`re not.

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ANDERSON: Dallas Taylor, who you just saw right there, now works as a substance abuse interventionist. He specializes in helping addicted musicians, performers, and entertainers.
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You remember these guys, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. I have to tell you it was a wild ride when I sat down with these two. They really opened up to me about their hard partying drug days and have some fascinating advice on how young Hollywood stars may be able to get their act together.

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ANDERSON: That was former teen stars Corey Haim and Corey Feldman on their new A&E reality show "The Two Coreys." In that scene, Haim just found out he was not asked to be in the sequel of the hit 1980s movie "The Lost Boys."

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. You are watching TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

As we continue our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report, "Stars And Drugs". The two Coreys both battled addiction, one much worse than the other. Now 20 years after they`ve both hit it big in Hollywood, they are trying to launch a comeback. I sat down with both of them and asked how they got off track in the first place.

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COREY FELDMAN, ACTOR: I went through what I went through for about two years. That was the entire timetable. I became an addict, and I got through it, and I went to rehab, and I was actually sober, 100 percent sober, before I was 19 years old. Most people can`t say that.

Most people aren`t even having their first drink before 21. So what I went through, I went through very publicly, and I got it done, and I got it out of the way. And the rest of my life was spent trying to help other people. And ironically enough, even still today all this Lindsay Lohan stuff is going down. You see my name attached to every single article -- not his. Not anybody else`s. It`s me. And it`s Drew Barrymore.

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COREY HAIM, ACTOR: I have to say it`s because he`s a superstar. He is.

ANDERSON: You would take that as a compliment, Haim?

HAIM: No, not a compliment. Would you change anything drug-wise up to this point? No, because I wouldn`t be here talking to you with Corey, Brooke.

ANDERSON: I can`t -- I see a lot of parallels, though. You mention Lindsay Lohan. The rehab, the difficult problems. Can you understand what she`s going through?

HAIM: Absolutely, but I`m not in her shoes. I`m looking at her now. I`m not Lindsay. I`m Corey. Everybody feels differently. I don`t know what she -- I have also removed myself from town for quite some time. I have been to Toronto, on and off working. Whether you have seen it or not, I thought you had, but just trying to put food on the table.

ANDERSON: Do you think that`s a smart move?

HAIM: For 10 years.

ANDERSON: That more young Hollywood stars should do that? Maybe get out of Hollywood, get out of that scene?

HAIM: I don`t know if they should get out of Hollywood. I just think that they should have something to fall back on, and something to do once a day, whether they`re working or not.

FELDMAN: What`s happening right now with Lindsay or Britney, or any of them, is exactly what goes on all around the world. And if you look within your own family, you will find, everybody in the world, look within your own family.

You will find that you have a child, you have a brother, you have a sister, you have a cousin, that is going through a parallel experience. The difference being it`s not under the media spotlight.

Every time you mess up, it`s not being brought up in front of millions of people. And that makes it much, much harder to deal with. But I think what we all need to realize is that, you know, if somebody is sick or somebody has a problem, as opposed to laughing at them, or poking fun, you know, we have to understand they`re just like you and me.

They`re just like our friends and family. And they`re going through something that is a life experience. And they`re making a mistake. And hopefully they`re going to learn from this mistake, they`re going to grow from the mistake, and come out the other side on top.

ANDERSON: From your perspective, what kind of advice would you give to Lindsay Lohan?

HAIM: Lucky she caught it now, or she`s catching it now. I mean, it`s going like this. When you hit rock bottom, you asked me before, I just kind of look in the mirror about, oh, it`s a long time, anymore -- I didn`t see me. I just wasn`t me anymore. I mean me, Bernie and Judy`s son. I didn`t see me anymore.

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ANDERSON: How did do you it? How did you bounce back? It was a long road.

HAIM: Well, years ago I did -- on my own, I mean, with people, but I was kind of put in an isolated, you know, in-patient, six-month very hardcore thing. And that was -- I asked to be put there, you know. And it was very hardcore thing, and did it. But, you know, it`s just for me I had to create a regimen. I had to disassociate with many people, which was one of the hardest things. I had to make amends with many people to clear my own gut and brain.

I had to do all these things. I`m not saying I follow each step, or I ever, like, follow each step, you know? There was a point I tried. But I`m doing the best I can, and right now, knock wood, it seems to be OK.

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ANDERSON: These days, both of them, doing OK. "The Two Coreys" airs Sunday nights on A&E.

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