Amy Winehouse epitomized the struggles of every addict. Albeit each trial is unique to each individual, substance abuse and dependence erupts in various problems resulting in mental and physical conflicts such as in medical issues, violence or issues in relationships, mood disorders and possibly assaults on other persons.
Rehabilitation for addiction recovery and dual diagnoses are suggested, but many, including Winehouse, just add to the recidivism rates.
Amy Winehouse’s cause of death on Saturday is currently pending due to investigation, but many fear her choice of lifestyle contributed to her untimely death. Her choice to use recreational drugs and alcohol were not the only addictive choices in her life, as she also chose to smoke cigarettes.
In 2008, when Winehouse was only 24 years old, her publicist reported she had an early form of emphysema, most commonly seen in heavy smokers, which nicotine is also an addictive substance.
Addiction is a Problem of the Mind, Body and Spirit
Winehouse married Blake Fielder-Civil, a former video production assistant in 2007, only to divorce him two years later in 2009. It has been reported Winehouse and Civil had a volatile relationship not mutually supportive of a healthy partnership. Although it was not reported she was in a domestic violence situation, it has been speculated the visual markings on her face appeared as such.
In one interview, she admitted to understanding what another person ‘felt’ regarding ‘being hit.’ The person said “he hit me and it felt like a kiss,” to which Winehouse acknowledged most people would not understand that, but she did (see the video here, Winehouse’s comment is approximately at 1:00 – 1:25).
Professionals agree most individuals do not choose to become addicted to drugs, but they do choose to gamble on the risky behavior. Once addicted, the mind and the body conflict. The dependence on the drug overrides the logical reasoning of the mind.
The statistics show people with chemical dependence are at high risk for underlying mental disorders (dual diagnosis / co-occurring disorders). It is believed people who abuse alcohol and drugs, are self-medicating.
Self-Medication of a Mental Health Problem
Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain all died at the age of 27 (27 Club).
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