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Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse death a sobering reminder

Amy Winehouse performing in Berlin in 2007Image via Wikipedia
The recent news of singer Amy Winehouse's death came as no surprise to many readers. The singer was well known for struggling with addiction, and contrary to what many believe, she did in fact enter rehab several times. However, brief stints in rehab never work for those struggling with powerful addiction problems. If you live in South Carolina and are struggling with addiction, see: Addiction Counseling: South Carolina.
In a recent interview, Dr. Drew Pinsky stated that short stays in rehab for those struggling with addiction, especially opiate addiction, is ineffective in treatment. Pinsky stated that the singer had a “fatal” condition and like any fatal condition, she needed to stay in an in patient treatment facility in order to truly get the benefit of the help available. When addicts fail to complete the program, they almost always relapse. Poor judgment is a symptom of addiction, and almost all root causes of addiction are from a past trauma.
For those seeking to pass harsh judgment, addiction is like any bad decision one can make in life, except you can't easily overcome it as you would other poor choices. It is not just a physical problem it is a mental problem as well. If you ever made a poor decision in your life, like having unprotected sex for instance, you could have contracted a deadly disease and pay for it with your life. Would you want to be judged for that? Would you have thought you deserved to die for it? Most all people on the face of the planet have played some form of Russian Roulette in their life choices, fortunately many of us got to live another day. One poor decision to use an addictive substance, whether prescribed or bought on the street, can render a person dead. Additionally, statistics show that many addicts become addicts as a result of some form of chronic physical pain whereas the prescribed medicines failed to relieve their symptoms, and using more than the dosage resulted in building up a tolerance and addiction.
The key thing for all those struggling with addiction is to keep trying. Relapse is often a part of recovery, however continuing to seek treatment, is a positive that can offset the relapse. Relapse is never a reason to give up, it is a reason to keep trying. Amy Winehouse sought help too infrequently and for too short a period of time and like many addicts, died before she gave treatment a fair chance.
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