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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rapper Coolio has Pleaded Guilty in Los Angeles to Felony Cocaine Possession

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"Rapper Coolio has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to felony cocaine possession in a deal that requires him to spend 18 months in rehab. District attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison says the 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered his plea Friday in Superior Court. Coolio was arrested March 6 at Los Angeles International Airport. He allegedly grabbed a screener's arm to prevent a search of his luggage. As part of the plea deal, misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of a smoking device were dismissed. A judge ordered Coolio to enter an 18-month drug rehabilitation program. He can request the judge dismiss his case if he successfully completes the program. He's due back in court Sept. 28 for a report on his progress." ---Associated Press, June 26, 2009.

This is a familiar story, very similar to many stars who have gotten caught up with drugs. Robert Downey, Jr. is a person who was ordered to drug and alcohol treatment over and over. But, unfortunately he continued to relapse and could never seem to get it. Prison was the only thing that made him realize that he needed to change his ways.

Recovery has to be something that you want and until you are truly ready to recover success will be impossible. No one can force you to change your life, changing one's life starts with the individual. On the other side though, every now and then, people who are forced into treatment come to realize that they want more out of their lives. They come to realize that there is a better way to live and it is never to late to change their life.

I will be following Coolio's story to see how residential treatment works out for him. I hope that he can find what so many others have found in drug and alcohol treatment...the will to live!

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