MessageYes, front page stuff in the UK papers and a lot of conspiracy
theories suggesting that Anna Nicole Smith had been murdered (as well as her
If anyone saw the show last night - it wasn't brilliant stuff probably
because spoofing mh care is really off-limits except for the most obvious
The best satire, I think, comes in the American cartoon shows such as Family
Dad and South Park.
Robbie Williams got a name check on the programme last night, and his "drug
hell" "hooked on Seroxat" is all over the net now and in our UK papers. Our
best tabloid, The Sun, had this story yesterday:
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What drove Robbie to rehab
Stress ... Robbie is gaunt leaving a top nightclub in Los Angeles, and,
inset, poignant lyrics from his Good Doctor song
By VICTORIA NEWTON
FEBRUARY 14, 2007
ROBBIE Williams was plunged into depression after his old mates in Take That
eclipsed his solo efforts with their hit reunion tour and album.
The insecure superstar downed more and more prescription pills to cope as he
watched the nation fall in love all over again with the boyband that
launched his career.
Manic-depressive Robbie was deeply troubled long before he checked into an
exclusive Arizona rehab clinic on his 33rd birthday yesterday.
He told The Sun in an interview last year that he has been clear of
addiction to alcohol and cocaine for six years - but still fights a daily
battle against his demons.
Hooked ... Seroxat, a controversial anti-depressant and prescription pills
However, last night his mum Jan, 56 - a drugs counsellor - said going into
rehab was "the best present he could give himself".
She said: "He's a very public figure and all the media attention at the
moment is added pressure on him."
Jan promised to fly out to join him once he has got through the early stages
of his recovery.
She added: "I am not going out to visit Robbie yet. Rehab is all about being
on your own. But once he gets better I will be over there like a shot."
The singer finds it impossible to get to sleep until 4 or 5am due to
insomnia and is on sleeping pills. He is hooked on the powerful and
controversial anti-depressant Seroxat, which has been linked to suicidal
tendencies in teenagers.
And daily he gets through an incredible 36 super-strength double espresso
coffees, 60 Silk Cut cigarettes and around 20 cans of energy drink Red Bull.
He suffered agonies as Take That's reunion tour became one of the biggest
pop events of 2006. Their comeback single Patience went straight in at No1
and stayed there for six weeks. Their new album Beautiful World also went
straight to No1 and has sold 1.5 million copies.
Check out our slideshow of the tormented star
through the years by clicking on the link below
By contrast, Robbie's first single from his new album Rudebox went in at a
disappointing No 4. And the album stayed at No1 for only a week.
Take That's Patience is expected to win best single at the Brit Awards
tonight. It will be the first time in several years that Robbie has not been
in the running in best male or best album categories.
He has a record 15 Brit wins, including three with Take That. But he is up
for only one award this year - in the British Live Act category.
The multi-millionaire singer was also tortured by the death of model Anna
Nicole Smith last week and feared he too could end up dead if he did not get
Red Bull ... loaded with caffeineHe insists he HAS NOT suffered a relapse in
his battle against cocaine and booze. But he has been on anti-depressants
since 2004. His LA mansion has cabinets full of prescription drugs.
Robbie is believed to have checked into the exclusive Meadows clinic in
Wickenberg, Arizona. It is the same rehab centre which helped supermodel
Kate Moss deal with health problems in the past.
In the last interview Robbie did before going for rehab, he told The Sun: "I
can't honestly say that I don't take too many prescription drugs. How many
is too many? I don't know. If you drink as much coffee as I do, you can
easily get into the too-many-sleeping-tablets thing."
He also revealed that he was "messed up" and wished a drug could be invented
that had the positive effects of ecstasy and cocaine without the negative
Habit ... 60 cigs a day and 36 double espressos
He said: "There's half of me that just wants to be somewhere else in my
"I hate drugs, I love drugs. As depressing and heartbreaking as it is,
soul-destroying, relationship-destroying as it is, it makes life f******
Robbie clearly knew he was in danger of becoming addicted to prescription
drugs when he penned a song on his 2006 Rudebox album titled Good Doctor.
The lyrics ridicule the widespread abuse of prescription drugs in Los
Angeles where "pill doctors" will happily prescribe all kinds of uppers and
And Robbie likens himself to Who drummer Keith Moon, who died of a drug
He sings: "I've got all these demons, And I can't stop 'em. To tell you the
truth, Doc, I might have a problem.
"Robert Williams take one Adderall (a drug to treat hyperactivity) with
water in the morning. As if I'm goin' to take one tablet, I'm Keith Moon,
The chorus goes: "He said this one's to take you up. He said this one's to
take you down. When I take 'em I don't feel sound."
Talking about the song, Robbie told The Sun: "America is a prescription
nation. You can get whatever you f****** want."
Robbie also revealed in the interview that he is plagued with anxiety and
suffers regularly from attacks - especially before a tour.
And he also said he cannot watch films with sad endings because they bring
on depression. He added: "I'm depressed enough."
Last night Robbie's family and friends in and around his home town
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, were sending messages of love.
His sister Sally said: "He's very loved and treasured. He does have a
vulnerable side, he's very human. People tend to put him on a pedestal and
he almost becomes public domain.
"There's a lot of pressure that goes with it. He has got all the
vulnerability that everyone else has, along with a great talent." Stoke
residents helped by Robbie's Give It Sum charity were shocked at his plight.
Nina Hulse, of Blurton Residents' Association, said: "He has given us two
grants and has helped fund our new building. We wish him all the best."
Robbie is also patron of North Staffordshire children's hospice Treetops.
Fund-raising chief Gill Benning said: "The children here think the world of
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He can't sit back and just chill out
By VICTORIA NEWTON
The Journalist Who
Knows Robbie Best
I SPENT an incredible two and a half hours alone with Robbie Williams in the
middle of his Close Encounters world tour last year.
He talked openly about his battles with drugs, alcohol and depression - and
it was an experience I will never forget.
Robbie is immensely likeable and charming in the flesh, and despite
confessing he hated being on tour, he seemed to be going through a happier
phase of his life.
I've met him at various stages of his life. From when he was just a cheeky
young chappie in Take That - to when he was hopelessly addicted to drugs and
drink and incapable of holding a conversation.
But when I met up with him in a posh hotel in Vienna, he seemed happy.
He admitted he would crack up if he wasn't still on the "happy pills", and I
watched as he downed at least six double espressos during the course of the
interview. And each time he put out a cigarette, he immediately lit up
I also noticed that he still finds it impossible to sit still or relax.
He is constantly fidgeting, wandering around the room, whistling, singing,
and obviously finds it hard to just sit back and chill out.
My interview took place in August 2006, when he still had a long way to go
on his world tour. And while he did seem genuinely upbeat, a lot has
happened to Robbie since then.
He was forced to cancel dates in Asia claiming he was exhausted while his
Rudebox album was met with mixed reviews and disappointing sales.
And he has been forced to accept that the Take That reunion tour has
overshadowed his own record breaking Close Encounters tour.
I think it's a combination of those things that probably tipped him over the
Robbie is a complex character with a big heart and a big ego - coupled with
low self-esteem and self loathing. It is exactly that combination of things
that makes him the best performer this country has produced in years.
I hope he sorts himself and gets back to good health so we can see him back
doing what he does best - entertaining his adoring fans.
From The Sun 14 February 2007
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Subject: Re: [PSYCHIATRIC-NURSING] "The Abbey" (spoof on the The Priory) UK
tv Wednesday 14 February 10pm ITV1
Speaking of celebrities, has the press outside of North America become as
obsessed with the death of Anna Nicole Smith as the press in North America?
The girl has been a dead celebrity walking for many years but now in
retrospect the media has suddenly noticed the signs. I guess its all good
fun until someone loses an eye!
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Subject: [PSYCHIATRIC-NURSING] "The Abbey" (spoof on the The Priory) UK tv
Wednesday 14 February 10pm ITV1
Yesterday we got the news that Brit Robbie Williams has been "admitted to a
treatment centre for dependency on prescription drugs" in America.
On UK tv Tonight a spoof on the UK's most famous celebrity mental house -
The Priory (Kate Moss,etc) - with Russell Brand and Marti Pellow (Wet, Wet,
Wet) in the cast.
From the ITV1 website:
One-off comedy written by and starring Morwenna Banks. When former rock star
Marianne Hope suffers a very public nervous breakdown she throws her energy
into a New Age retreat for the treatment of tired and emotional
dysfunctional folk. Clients of the therapy centre include Terry - a crack
addicted DJ - and Tiffany, whose unhealthy eating habits ensure she
maintains her model figure. Omid Djalili, Russell Brand and Reece Shearsmith
Marianne Hope - MORWENNA BANKS
Tony - OMID DJALILI
Terry - RUSSELL BRAND
Dr Darren - REECE SHEARSMITH
Helen - MIRANDA HART
Elsie - LIZ SMITH
Tiffany - TAMSIN EGERTON
Eddie Coogan - MARTI PELLOW
Dean - RASMUS HARDIKER
The wellknown Priory is actually only a part of the Priory Group which is a
massive provider of mental health care that treats a high proportion of NHS
patients and owns the Blenheim Group, one of whose patients in Thornford
Park until the end of last year was Janet Cresswell who was moved there in
2003 having spent 27 years in Broadmoor. The website is here
http://www.prioryhealthcare.co.uk/ and the history of the Group is here:
The Priory Group's History
The current Priory Group is the result of Dr Chai Patel, CEO, acquiring
Priory Healthcare and merging it with the Specialist Healthcare Services
Division of Westminster Health Care in 2000. The Priory Group is renowned
for its history of excellence and innovative mental health services.
The Priory Group owns two of the oldest private mental health hospitals in
the UK: The Priory Hospital Roehampton and The Priory Ticehurst House. The
Priory Hospital Roehampton is London's oldest private psychiatric hospital
and has been in continuous operation since its launch in 1872, when Dr
William Wood moved his patients from Kensington to Roehampton's then country
atmosphere, which he felt was conducive to healing. Dr Wood was a
psychiatrist of great distinction during a time when there were no specific
remedies for severe mental illness.
Samuel Newington opened Ticehurst House near Wadhurst in 1792 as a place
dedicated to the care and treatment of psychiatric illness. When Ticehurst
House was launched, it coincided with strong public interest in the care of
the mentally ill sparked off by King George III's 'insanity'. Today, over
200 years later, The Priory Ticehurst House is a leading private hospital
specialising in psychiatric medicine.
Priory Hospitals Group was founded in 1980 with the acquisition of The
Priory Hospital Roehampton by Community Psychiatric Centres (CPC), an
American company based in California. Growth and further expansion of acute
psychiatric hospitals in the 1980s and 1990s occurred first with the
acquisition of a site in Bromley, Kent in 1983, which became The Priory
Hospital Hayes Grove and then with the addition of a further nine hospitals.
Parallel to this, in the mid-90's Westminster Health Care diversified into
specialist mental health and related areas like acute psychiatric hospitals,
brain injury centres, addiction centres and secure mental health services
Concurrently, Priory extended its services into the area of mental health
and special education, launching Priory Childcare Services with the purchase
of Jacques Hall Foundation, an adolescent therapeutic community. This
division has grown successfully and the Priory Group now operates special
education facilities (www.prioryeducation.com) , including residential
special schools, for young people with emotional and behavioural
difficulties, mild learning difficulties, autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Therapeutic communities provide specialist therapeutic care to young people
who are the survivors of early childhood trauma and have more complex needs.
These establishments provide specialist educational services that enable
children and young people to fulfil their potential and take their place in
The company's four main areas of service provision are:
Acute mental health
Secure and step-down services
Young people's services
Additional growth is planned in all areas of the company's operations, with
further sites under development. Priory's vision for the next five years is
to improve the consistency and quality of its services and to increase the
range and quantity of its offering.
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