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Alexis Haines – The Bling Ring Star Opens Up about Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Alexa Iocco Addiction , Alcoholism , Drug Addiction October 6, 2022

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Who is Alexis Haines?

Alexis (Neiers) Haines is a young woman who, as a teenager, was a star on the television show Pretty Wild, an American reality television series that focused on three sisters living in Hollywood, premiering in 2010 and running for one season. She is most well-known, though, for being arrested for being part of “The Bling Ring”, a group of teenagers who, between the years 2008 to 2009, would break into rich and famous peoples’ homes and steal valuables totaling around $3 million, not for the money but become celebrities themselves.

Along with Alexis Haines, there were seven other members: Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Diana Tamayo, Tess Taylor, Courtney Ames, Roy Lopez, and Johnny Ajar, all of who were previously involved with past illegal activities involving shoplifting, drug abuse, and robbery.

Some notable homes these teens broke into include:

  • Paris Hilton – Paris was their first target, and the group walked into her home and stole nearly $50,000, later targeting Hilton four more times, taking nearly $2 million worth of jewelry
  • Audrina Patridge – while Patridge was attending the Academy Awards after party, they entered her home and stole $43,000 worth of items like computers and clothing
  • Orlando Bloom – At Bloom’s residence the group cut through a security fence, and stole nearly $500,000 worth of art, luggage, and a Rolex watch collection
  • Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox – clothing, jewelry, and a handgun were stolen from their residence
  • Rachel Bilson – the OC star was burglarized several times, with the group taking nearly $300,000 of goods and selling her belongings on the Venice Beach boardwalk
  • Lindsay Lohan – clothing and jewelry valued at around $130,000 were taken, and the security footage released to TMZ was what led to tips that finally took the group down

They had several other celebrities lined up for future burglaries as well, including Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, and Zac Efron.

The reality show partially chronicles the trial of Alexis in 2010. She was found guilty of first-degree residential (felony) burglary, pleaded no contest, and was sentenced to six months in Los Angeles County Jail in that same year. A Sophia Coppola feature film about “The Bling Ring” was made about the group’s escapades, and was released in theaters in 2013, and the docuseries The Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist that came out on Netflix this year, in 2022, features candid interviews with Alexis herself, along with Nick Prugo, speaking firsthand about what they did.

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What Was Her Role in The Bling Ring?

The role of Alexis Haines in the Bling Ring is unclear, as at the time she claimed that she was aware that her friends were involved in shady or illegal activities, she was unaware of the extent of their burglaries, and had not been involved in any crimes until Orlando Bloom’s house, and even then was high and did not realize they were robbing him.

Alexis Haines’ Road To Recovery From Drugs and Alcohol

At age 19, after completing her sentence, Alexis Haines went to rehab for heroin addiction. She has been sober ever since and has obtained a certificate for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse, becoming a licensed drug and alcohol counselor to others suffering the same issues she once had. Haines also hosts a podcast called Recovery from Reality, she works as a doula, and she has written several columns for Vice magazine on the subject. Haines states that her involvement with the Bling Ring was what helped her get sober, and although she is sorry that it was at the expense of other people, she is grateful things happened the way they did, crediting her eventual ownership over that “messy, complex” time of her life to her recovery.

Addiction among The Rich and Famous

Being rich does not make you immune to addiction. In fact, being wealthy and famous can cause you to become isolated, anxious, and depressed. Celebrities and those with a high net worth may have grown up with a sense of abandonment as their parents prioritized the “jet setting” lifestyle over family, they may be living a life full of pressure in a fast-paced lifestyle, and they may find themselves surrounded by partiers and people who enable drug and alcohol use, or they may lack certain coping mechanisms for stressful situations, and be more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol when times become difficult.

Rich and famous people may also have difficulty getting the help they need as they face a lack of empathy from the general public, they may have a fear of exposure ruining their reputation, and they may feel shame about “having it all” but still needing help, and they may fear being misunderstood by their treatment providers and therapists. Having money does not solve mental health problems and substance use disorders, and in some cases, it can make these issues much worse.

California Alcohol and Drug Rehab at Resurgence Behavioral Health

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a drug and alcohol treatment center offering several levels of care to offer our patients and will work with you to create a program that best suits your unique needs as a patient. These are:

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  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – In a partial hospitalization program, you will live outside of the rehab center, going home or to a sober residence in the evenings, and coming in for full days of treatments, medical care, doctor’s visits, holistic care, etc., up to seven days a week. This is usually a short-term transitional program between inpatient detox and/or residential rehab and an IOP.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – Intensive outpatient care allows you to live outside the treatment center at home or in a sober living home and come in for therapy and treatments on a customized, set schedule that can be planned around work or school, or other commitments you may have so you can live a normal life as you get the help you need.

Treatments we offer include:

  • Medical care, with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) detox programs if needed
  • Life skills programs, vocational skills, educational programs, and relapse prevention programs
  • Behavioral health treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatments
  • Experiential therapy and holistic treatments
  • Individual therapy, group therapy, couples’ therapy, and family therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment programs for people with co-occurring conditions like anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, etc.

We provide a whole-patient approach to healing that incorporates care focused on the body, the mind, and the spirit, so you can overcome any substance use disorder, with long-term aftercare options that will keep you connected to our alumni group and a sober community for as long as you want to be. Please contact us today for insurance verification or to learn more about our treatment facility, our levels of care, and the programs we can offer you to ensure you stay safe and healthy as you overcome your addiction once and for all.

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