Amy Winehouse death is shocking, but not surprising: the disease of addiction
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On July 25, 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London, England home. The cause of death has not yet been determined but after a widely publicized addiction to drugs and alcohol, those closest to Amy continually warned her of the dangers of her disease. A five time Grammy Award winner, Amy Winehouse’s life was cut short at the age of 27-years-old. Unfortunately, Amy Winehouse never took seriously the danger she was in and wasn’t able to commit herself to treatment. It doesn’t matter how many times a person leaves rehab or quits drugs and drinking only to return. You can never give up on those you love, but more importantly, those who wrestle with demons of addiction must never give up on themselves. Amy Winehouse owed it to herself to continue with rehab and treatment, no matter how long it took, or how many times she failed along the way. She had entered a treatment program but left in June. She would die less than two-months after.
Photos: Amy Winehouse funeral
The public must come to grips with the true dangers of addiction. Make no mistake about it- drugs and alcohol kill. What may seem like a party in the beginning or even a sign of happiness, a carefree spirit or embracing your creativity can kill you in the long run.
Amy Winehouse should be seen as a cautionary tale. Hopefully her young fans will recognize the dangers of drug and alcohol use as well as addiction in general, but sadly, it appears that many of her fans have embraced her disease as part of her character. Tributes and memorials left in front of Amy Winehouse’s home include multiple bottles of alcohol, and alcoholic beverages in glasses. If someone was murdered during a shooting would it be appropriate to leave guns outside as a tribute? Why then does it seem appropriate to leave bottles that represent the disease Amy Winehouse struggled with?
We are losing too many people to addiction; it’s time to take a stand and recognize addiction for what it really is: a fatal disease.
If you are dealing with addiction of any kind, get help. You may find that there isn’t a “one size fits all” method of treatment and you may stumble once, twice or a hundred times before you finally get to the point where you can say you are in successful recovery. You have to try, and you have to keep picking yourself up every time you slip and try again. Next time you enter treatment, try harder; commit harder; stay longer; and search deeper. Surround yourself with those who will hold you accountable to recovery. If that means saying good-bye to people who are hurting you in the long run, then do it.
Find support and advice and get the counseling needed to successfully beat addiction. Speak to someone you trust, whether it is a family member, someone in your community or someone from the place where you worship your faith.
There is help available; but you must be willing to seek it and commit to making changes that will ultimately save you from a life of addiction, despair and ultimately death.
It may be too late for Amy Winehouse, but it isn’t too late for the millions across the nation who continue to struggle with addiction. It’s not too late. Seek help today.