LOS ANGELES  —  Former "Prison Break" actor Lane Garrison was sentenced Wednesday to three years and four months in state prison for the drunk-driving crash that caused the death of a teenager last year. — read more —

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There is no shortage of articles on drunk driving accidents resulting in fatalities, but when it’s the life of a 17 year old boy, taken by an irresponsible drunken and coked up 27 year old actor in Beverly Hills, people pay attention.  I’ve been reading comments on the public forums to see what the reactions of the general public have been to this incident, and most, want to see Garrison get the maximum penalties and the maximum punishment for his behavior.  And I agree, he shouldn’t be excused from the consequences of his actions.  But, as a professional in the addiction recovery treatment industry, I would like to see more done to PREVENT these tragedies in the future, not just serve up consequences once the damage is already done.

Entertainment management professionals and agents, are typically very aware of the personal drug and alcohol habits of their clients.  They need to be informed that they can participate in the prevention of these tragic incidents at the same time as protecting the client from throwing a life of success down the drain for drugs and alcohol.  The Hired Power Certified Personal Recovery Assistant program is continually looking for opportunities to educate and provide awareness to the entertainment industry to assist them in protecting their financial investment as well as the life of their clients, and those that surround them.  When the entertainment industry begins being proactive in assisting their clients in leading a life of sobriety and mental clarity, then, and only then, will we begin to see the reduction of such tragic accidents.

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