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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dr. Drew Pinsky discusses the personal anguish of Jeff Conaway

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Many knew of the addictions that Grease star Jeff Conaway struggled with after viewing him on the now well known show “Celebrity Rehab.” However, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky, many did not understand the severity of the childhood trauma Conaway struggled with in his youth. 
 
As reported in People Magazine, Jeff Conaway, who died on Friday at the age of 60, often spoke of his longtime battle with drug and alcohol addiction, he "was a terribly complex case with chronic pain, opiate addiction and severe childhood trauma," says Dr. Drew Pinsky, who had worked with the actor over the past few years. Conaway's family has waived their HIPAA privacy rights, to allow Dr. Pinsky to talk to PEOPLE about Conaway's medical history.
"One of the deeply moving aspects of Jeff's case was the profound trauma he suffered during childhood," says Pinsky. "He described these events on [
Celebrity Rehab], but viewers somehow did not really understand the profound, painful grinding quality of what he lived through." It is important for many to know that most addictions of any kind have a root in some sort of trauma relating to the sufferers life. There are few instances where addiction is an isolated occurrence that has no bearing on a past trauma, or many past traumas. Understanding, patience and compassion should be applied before handing out critical harsh judgements.
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