Does Miss Howard Stern Need an DUI Class?

by: Mike Miller

Does a few minutes of fame make a person more prone to abusing drugs or alcohol? Do those few minutes in the limelight and the inability to recreate that success make people seek out alcohol and drugs?

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I discuss this with my students often. Not surprisingly a number of my students have seen a few minutes of fame – from television commercials to cameos on television or movies to being on the Howard Stern show. As reported in

Miss. Howard Stern, Andrea Owenby got a DUI after hitting a car. The 29-year-old was arrested after she hit a car and didn't even realize it—because she was so drunk. While this is believed to be Ownbey's first offense, there are quite a few things working against her. When she goes to court, it will be very interesting to see how lenient the judge will be.

Ownbey admitted to drinking two glasses of wine before getting behind the wheel and she totally failed a field sobriety test. Making matters worse, cops say they found a small bag of marijuana in the car as well as a weed pipe and a variety of prescription drugs.

Did the loss of celebrity cause her to turn to drugs and alcohol? My guess is they were probably part of her life before her appearance on Howard Stern. I hope she gets both a DUI class and a drug class and turns her life around.