Can Charlie Sheen Be Saved From Himself?

Things have taken an ugly turn for the downward-spiraling Charlie Sheen, with an official termination from Two and a Half Men coming on the heels of a series of increasingly unhinged streaming “talk shows.” The most recent broadcast is so disturbingly off-kilter, it offers chilling echoes of the video diaries made by Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner.

Sheen’s moment as lovable media scamp is also history, his declarations of mind-boggling pomposity going from widely quoted punchlines to the scourges of the internet in the blink of an addiction-curing eye. The last 24 hours alone have brought about calls for an Unfollow Charlie Sheen on Twitter Day and the release of a browser blocker that will literally blacken out any mention of Sheen's name (including the ones above).

It’s an interesting and extreme reaction: The same man whose exploits just days ago pulled in record TV ratings and fed countless late-night comedy show skits is now the target of a campaign to erase him entirely from the collective consciousness. For Andrew Extein, a clinical social worker from Los Angeles, it’s less a matter of Sheen-overload than it is a symptom of a society unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of mental illness.

“Why do we do this?” asks Extein. “And what does it say about the way our culture views mental illness? Do we even see it? Do we deny it? Because he’s a celebrity, does that make him immune, because he’s doing morally reprehensible things?”

It was those “reprehensible things” that Two and a Half Men production company Warner Bros. Television cited in its firing of the actor, pointing to a clause in Sheen’s contract that allows for termination of any performer who commits "a felony offense involving moral turpitude." In the 11-page legal filing, WBTV acknowledged that Sheen has been “engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill.”

WBTV also states that the company, together with Chuck Lorre and CBS, has “done everything within our power to get Mr. Sheen the help he so badly and obviously needs,” including the furnishing of a private jet to bring him to a treatment facility—a trip Sheen refused. His firing, while “not a step taken lightly,” was therefore unavoidable, they argue. But was it legal?

In 1999, the Supreme Court decided that mental illness is a form of disability and therefore covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which states “no person with a disability can be unjustly excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs or activities of any public entity.”

There remains little doubt, save perhaps from the odiously solicitous Piers Morgan, that Sheen suffers from severe mental illness, his words and demeanor in recent weeks containing all the classic symptoms of bipolar behavior. Yes, he is a drug fiend—but self-medicating would fit squarely within the profile. Despite his most ardent denials, then, Sheen’s condition would put him under the protection of the ADA.

But in all likelihood, Sheen’s bed has already been made. So what next? Is there any way at this point that Sheen can be saved from himself? Committing him to a mental health facility against his will would only happen were he to demonstrate himself to be a danger to either his own self or to others. That’s according to California’s Tarasoff Law, which states that mental health professionals have “a duty to protect individuals who are being threatened with bodily harm by a patient,” including themselves.

But Sheen has demonstrated none of the requirements that satisfy a state of “suicidality.” Rather, he’s been engaged in a prolonged stage of dangerously manic self-indulgence. Sheen has surrounded himself with a ring of parasitic enablers whose livelihoods rely entirely upon their host’s self-destructive behavior.

For Extein, the situation is all too familiar, and the consequences are dire:

“There’s a well-documented history of celebrity cases like this ending in death,” he says. “It reminds me a lot of Anna Nicole Smith.”

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I believe the studio did the right thing, besides who gets away with doing what he did to his bosses? especially when they pay him millions of dollars.

He isn't mentally disabled, hes a violent drug abuser with too much money.
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Why does everyone keep saying his family should do something? He's an adult (in age anyway) and the only one that can help him is himself. He's an addict and only hitting bottom and losing everything will change him and probably not even then. Everyone should just ignore him. He's damaged his family, his co-stars and his fans(and I used to be one). Quit making excuses for him and broadcasting all the loony talk he spouts.
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Actually blossom... I wouldnt blame anyone if my kids did any of the things you just listed...my view has always been if a kid f's up... its the parents fault no matter how big or small the crime whether it be shop lifting a candy bar or murdering their math teacher with a rusty nail...1 way or another its the parents fault...so if my kids (if i ever have any) did any of the...."crap" you mentioned...well obviously i failed raising them and TOLD them whats right and wrong rather then teach them and let them decypher it for themselves...and clearly you take what i said out of context when i said "i preferably DONT want them to do any of that crap"....but if they grow up and thats what they want to do/have in their life...well then "C'est la vie"
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Meth is a terrible drug.
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i was totally going to watch the mighty ducks tonight. but would probably start thinking about charlie sheen 5 minutes into it. well, there goes watching wall street too.
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Good time Charlie as the right to be upset.
He as the right to choose his own life style.
I guess it can makes a lot of people jealous. Even the show's owners.
Come on I believe Charlie will get back on his feet and show he can clean his own self without your slandering and jealousy.
Shame on all the media Flunkies that wanna have his right to free speech taken away.
If he's made any errors he alone will pay for it. So obviously since a lot of people are paying for it, a lot of people are responsible for his admission speeches. So that is proof he is not solely responsible. Hun!
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No he can't be saved, his brain is damaged from all the alcohol and drugs, which causes a chemical imbalance similar to bi-polar. Even an 5150 intervention is too late, his bosses should have had him drug tested as part of his contract with the show. It's truly sad for the family and children who now have this legacy of his tirades to see in the future. Case in point Mel Gibson.
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he is prob a substances addicted abusing bi-polar...very dangerous on alot of levels but too often the family must wait until the person suffering becomes medically ill enough to need hosp...it is sad that the media seems to be enjoying so much watching this man in the throws of 2 very sad and dangerous illnesses. bottom line is he is too sick to be in charge of his facilties most likely...
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@Zeddyp are you saying you want your children believing that as long as they can shoot it, snort it, inhale it or swallow it its ok to do what you want.....lets not forget how many ex-wives and girlfriends who have left Sheen for his documented domestic abuse....you want your kids to believe hitting their spouse is ok because they are 'living life how you want'? Honestly I wouldnt want to meet your kids if that was the case......the scariest part about it all is in your old age your children will be the ones caring for you and when you are on the receiving end of their fist or foot and stealing from your pension to fund their habits it wont be how you raised them that makes them that way - you'll blame everyone else JUST LIKE ALL ENABLERS DO.
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Neonic...you and I are 2 peas in a pod lol....and anthotos how can I call him a hero? and.. would I put him as a role model for my kids if i had any?....HELL FREAKING YES...the mans rich and has lived his life how he wanted probably from the day he came out of the womb...and i doubt he regrets a second of his life... thats what i would want my kids to take from charlie sheen as a role model..."live life how you want"...does that mean I want my kids to go out and do cocain parties and party with strippers/pornstars....preferably no.. but if thats what they want..well then thats what they want...you can only tell your kids what they can and cant do for so long
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zeddyp has it right imo, and if sw01fl is talkin about it too then clever boy. As someone who has known a lot of drunks & drug addicts he does NOT talk like one, this is an ACT, he is an ACTOR its what he does, look as his webisodes, hes a multi millionaire yet still uses a cam that makes him look like death. Dont think so. He wanted out of the **** show so did this imo, a good idea too, with this amount of press and relenquished form his contract all he has to do is wait a while, go to \"rehab\" and boom, someone will offer him a fat ass deal & he will be WINNING as always.

Charlie give me your life man
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Two and a Half Men could be saved if they were to set it in the future and cast Martin Sheen as his character. Play everyone 20 years older.
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how about everyone just stops caring already!!!!! its becoming annoying how much the internet is ablaze over this. JUST STOP, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
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All I keep asking myself is where are Emilio and Martin when you need them? To watch brillance crumble before your eyes is tragic, and to make fun of the tragic (yes I totally agree he is suffering from mental impairment, and it's only heightened by his blatant drug use) is heartless. We all LOVED to laugh at his fantastic timing and delivery of even the most inane lines, we all LOVED him years ago, when as a polarizing young actor he stood toe to toe with Michael Douglas and his father in Wall Street, yet do we all love him as we watch him self-destruct? Love is truly a fickle pickle; sours when the fresh shrivels up in a bell jar....
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If this continues Sheen will be dead or totally insane and thei will be very,very sad for his families--his friends and fans..He is a very talented man and someone should get him into intensive rehab where he CANNOT talk or buy his way out--God bless you, Charlie where ever you are--
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Sheen my friend. I wish you the best of luck with this idea.
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Stop giving him so much attention, that might help...
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I don't think he's mentally ill he just likes drugs, until he started slagging off the show and it's creator they were happy enough as long as he turned up and did his lines. He was a functioning drug addict and now he's not, at the end of the day the addict has to want to stop, the only other answer is wait until they do something stupid. Since when has ranting on video and posting it online been considered a bad thing, millions of office workers all round the world spend their days looking for this stuff on youtube. I don't know Charlie Sheen but I know he has kids and I feel for them but the man is a millionaire drug addict that rarely ends well. Even so it's very easy to judge but more important the empathise, the man is obviously troubled, and all f***ed up on Class A's, but that doesn't mean he gets committed, he needs help, and someone to stop him recording himself or phoning anyone while high.
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i'll give you a reason why hes doing this: HE IS STUPID!

Now if only Sheldon from Big Bang would pull something this stupid, we wouldn't have to witness that horrid show anymore.
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Why don't they write him off with a death & have the mother move in for a bit till Allan can get a new roommate to help with the bills, keep the Maid (Berta)...the new roommate could have some of the same qualities as Charlie, pig with woman/funny ect... This way it's not Charlie their replacing...What do you think? Maybe Alan's Ex-wife breaks up with Herb...he'd make a good roommate. I hope the show will still go on. I'd miss it toooo much. There's lots of ways they could take the show now.. Till then!
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As for the question " Can Charlie Sheen be saved"? My answer is he has to save himself . You can't save someone who doesn't feel they need saving and it's no ones responsibility to save them. Classic addict behaviour! Try an intervention and if he doesn't go away for a year to rehab.....everyone needs to walk away and let the ship sink!
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I think that Charlie Sheen fried his brains with all his drug use. Therefore he has an addiction to drugs which has caused mental illness. This happened because no one let him hit rock bottom. All the people around him are enablers and the "radio talk shows" are pathetic to let an addict rant about the ineptitude of others and laugh behind his back.
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I thought tv.com was tired of Charlie Sheen. Called it a Charlie Sheen overdose. When I open the main page there always seems to be at least 3 stories about him. I'm not criticising, just pointing it out. It's news I guess, but I'm also getting pretty tired of it. I have to say though, being super rich, who here is going to spend it on substance abuse and lots of women? He is basically living every guy's dream....you know, minus his crazy ramblings about F-18's and what not.
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By the time his loved ones can gain custody and control over him and his money,he could very well be dead.As an adult he has every right to sign himself out of any facility.He is not acting,he is truly in medical trouble.I have personally lived this whole scene with a family member.We're praying for him.
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So by Extein's definition, if I become a crackhead and rant to the media about how stupid my boss is, that still won't get me fired as long as I claim that I am mentally disabled. Amazing.
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zeddyp, how can you call him a hero?

If you had children, could you actually condone him as a role model?

He is on a path of self destruction, I'm not sure if it's a mental disorder or if all those drugs finally fried his brain, but the last thing I would call the guy is a hero.....
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Hey the dude is an actor....anyone ever take into consideration that Sheen knew he would be fired and is actually smart (which he is) and ACTING this way to get the ability to sue for wrongful termination?.....on another note Sheen still = Hero
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Robert Downey Jr wasn't fired from Ally McBeal he was sent back to prison so they were forced to write his character out of the show. In a completely gack handed way at that.

there's only so much a family can do if someone refuses to be helped. charlie sheen isn't 18 years old, he's well into middle age. If he won't sort himself out then there's nothing to be done until he gets to the point where he wants help. Whether or not there's anybody left who is willing to give it to him by that point is a different question.
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He's been odious for quite a while - where's his family? Why aren't they trying to get him some help?
When I was a psych nurse we used to call his condition 'FITHS' - f****d in the head syndrome. The guy has obviously addled his brains with drugs and alcohol and should be saved from himself - where is the intervention?
Please, will someone do the right thing and get a court order to commit him for psychiatric evaluation and treatment....
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What a catch-22. So if he wants the termination of his contract to appear illegal, he has to admit having a mental disability (which I doubt he'll do). And if he refuses to admit he has a mental illness, then the termination is legal. And besides, I'm pretty sure a mental disability under the Disabilities Act of 1990 is one which shouldn't stop you from performing your job in a satisfactory manner. If you are mentally ill but can still do your job, then it is illegal to fire you. But in the case of Charlie, he could not perform his job. In his case the employer does not have the obligation to keep him employed. Otherwise employers would suddenly have to employ all kinds of mentally disabled people and keep them employed just because of their disability, even though they can't perform their tasks.
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shillllsing and JimNikki, both of you are just as bad as Charlie Sheen's enablers!

Until he actually deals with his addictions and sticks with his treatment THIS TIME, he is nothing to anybody. The show WILL SURVIVE WITHOUT HIM OR HIS ARROGANT ASS.

Once Charlie actually deals with his demons, he can try a comeback. After all, it worked for Robert Downey Jr. He had a similar meltdown when he was on Ally McBeal and got fired. Then he dealt with his addiction and slowly but surely gained back everyone's trust. I hope and pray that Charlie Sheen can do the same. However, if he keeps going like this, even with his "warlock blood", he'll be dead within a year.
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The boy definately has issues, but comparing him to Jared Loughner? C'mon.
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OMG seems like there is so many with judgemental attitudes. Charley needs to have" hard " tough love now. Remember Robert Downey Jr.? he is fine now, A better actor and person! Natalie Cole, if not for her mother she wouldn't be as she is now. I can name many many more.

Charley needs those that REALLY love him ( if need be by ball and chain) put in lock down until he is totally clean. Otherwise he is doomed.! With all the newspeople and their crazy voices. He is noy well folks!!!!

He has gone past the AA program, he needs serious kind loving care as Ray Charles got. His father and brother is just talking. Do something!!! There has been many in this state, some didn't make it. I can name them that died of drug use. No one that knew they were taking drugs stepped in to help them either.

.yes, he is acting crazy, he has said right out front the drugs he used that should have taken his life. He is sceaming for help. And has for a long time.

This is a terrible disease, treat him like you did Michael Douglas. A disease is a disease. Why all this hate! The show should go on like he is on a trip or something, that cast is as good as Charley, he was only a part. of that show. Give this man a chance.

I am praying for you Charley.
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I wanna be just like Sheen!

Rock and Roll all night, and party everyday! :D
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JimNikki is absolutely right and shares the same feelings on the matter that I do.

Charlie Sheen has always been on drugs. That\'s nothing new. He\'s doing nothing wrong (besides drugs, but that\'s nothing new) and apparently he may actually be off the drugs. The problem here is the media, they are fueling and painting a grim picture that is becoming a reality. It\'s just like the loner kid in school, he or she is perfectly fine, in fact most likely way more intelligent than anyone. People pick and claim the loner kid is going to shoot up the school and treat him/her like **** Guess what, the kid may be pushed into becoming the thing you paint him/her to be. His/Her parents may even try to get him/her some \"help\" that they don\'t really need. He/She now has absolutely every reason to kill everyone for trying to ruin his/her life.
I\'ve had actor friends committed by their parents to institutions/crazy wards and they are not crazy at all, they are just misunderstood. Charlie Sheen is right about AA, its bull****. The only cure for doing drugs is to use your mind and just STOP. That\'s it. All this \"I\'m on a drug, its called Charlie Sheen\" are just jokes but everyone is treating him like he\'s crazy. And guess what, he is the center of the **** world because the media has made him to be.

As to Warner Bros. and execs, they\'re **** trust me. All they care about is money and Charlie Sheen is turning the tables on them. They fire people all the time and they would never fire Charlie Sheen no matter his behavior because he brings in the money, except Charlie Sheen finally revealed them publicly and so they fired him for it.
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@JimNikki I think you need to check yourself before you rant about everyone but the man being to blame for his actions. He is a deluded drug addict with a serious mental health issue and blaming everyone but him is plain idiotic. No one put a gun to his head and made him take drugs....FYI Illegal narcotics are by law ILLEGAL. His own actions to past and present ex-wives is clearly stated in the media and court records....domestic abuse on ANYONE is NEVER justified. Sheen himself has admitted in his diatribes against the networks and writers and producers of the show that they have had to work around his addictions and make sure he can deliver his lines standing up leaning against a prop. A few kiss and tell stories DO NOT vindicate him or his actions and it doesnt matter how much a watch is no one trashes a room looking for it.........the only one killing this man is himself but ULTIMATELY its his children I have the most pity for....they are watching their father self distruct in the most public way possible and no one will ever be able to tell them why he does it.
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Cocaine IS still illegal. He was fired, not for being mentally ill, but for engaging (and bragging about on national TV) using an illegal substance, repeatedly. He'd have a better ADA case if he had been fired simply for acting mentally ill with no illegal activity.
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The sad thing is that the people around him, who supposedly his "friends" who care about him, are basically his enablers. They too will be gone when Sheen loses it all.
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duh..winning!
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If he is now menatlly ill does it count if he did it to himself with drugs and alcohol
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To have an ADA complaint, the plaintiff must have the ability to do the job. By his own admission, he's had to have his marks moved so he could be propped upright to deliver his lines.



But, to answer the question raised by the headline, no, Charlie cannot be helped until he wants to be helped. He's still "winning".
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Sounds like he needs to be taken to a hospital to get help. He keeps goijng this way he will be dead by summer.
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This compulsive need to examine every sordid detail of this sick man's life only fuels his contention that he IS the Center of the Universe. Can we please just stop obsessing about this train wreck and talk about Lindsey Lohan or something?!
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You know what, I dont think its real, he seems way to compus mentis to be stoned off his face or drunk. He speaks in such a way that it seems scripted. I rekon this is all on purpose as a publicity grab.
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winning!
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no! make him go away plz, let's not speak of him ever again
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