Stop Waiting For Celebrities To Die To Discuss Addiction

I know everyone is anxiously awaiting a post by me about Whitney Houston’s tragic death {sarcasm about waiting for the post} but the truth of the matter is this:  I don’t understand why it takes a celebrity to die for us to notice and discuss addiction.  My heart goes out to the Houston family and friends, it really does.  Don’t get me wrong, I looked up to Whitney Houston when I was a little girl before I noticed Danzig, Metallica, Tom Petty, Megadeth, and Slayer.  I wanted to be as beautiful as her, wanted to sound like a songbird just as she did.

Addiction is powerful, it’s raw, it’s confining, it’s suffocating; and unfortunately it has taken yet another beautiful person off the face of the Earth.  Each day addiction takes women {and men} to deep dark places of despair, of horror, and each day it takes someone new to death.  We need to quit waiting for celebrities to die to discuss what addiction is, we need to notice it even if it’s not in our lives and notice it even when it’s a regular human being.  I know I’m sounding selfish with this post, I know that in life there are the celebrity class and then just us normal people and that’s how society works but it pisses me off that I see a woman trend on Twitter for dying but she didn’t trend for her smile or strength.  It pisses me off that when I almost died from addiction, my life didn’t trend on Twitter.  It pisses me off that it takes a celebrity to die for us to realize that addiction is real, that it kills, that it leaves a lasting effect of damage much like a tornado even after we die.

So I leave you with this…Mark David Allen died.

Amy Jade Winehouse 1983-2011

Amy Jade Winehouse 1983-2011

Amy was born.  Amy conquered. Then Amy was conquered.  So young.  For months now Mitch and Janis Winehouse have fought for everyone to believe that Amy was sober when she died, that she died not from alcohol poisoning but from withdrawal. Quite honestly Mitch and Janis had me believing it. My heart felt heavy every time I heard them speak about her and the situation.  My heart felt like it was ripping into a million pieces every time I heard Mitch say that she was great and truth be told she was always just his little girl.  We found out yesterday that this wasn’t the case; that Amy had more than 5 times the legal limit in her system to drive a car.  She died from death by ‘misadventure’.

I personally don’t care how much she had in her system, she wasn’t driving a car anyway.  I do however care that she died.  Right after ‘it’ happened; I felt enormous anger at this woman I have never even met.  She let herself be taken over by this lie, she let herself be taken away from so many people who loved her by believing in this disgusting lie.  In truth though, she didn’t let it happen, she didn’t want it to happen, she just wanted the buzz, the acceptance within herself, the cool Amy to shine through.  So the story of alcoholism goes for so many of us.

Amy was born.  Amy conquered and then Amy was conquered.

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It’s Friday & ‘Plain and Simple’

I came to a conclusion yesterday well a couple of them.  One would be; I hate some people on Facebook, they don’t understand opinion and swear that they are right no matter what and when you sock it to them, they get pissed and get you TOSsed.  Facebook does not investigate before they act on violations of TOS so I’ve now been TOSsed twice this year.  Hopefully this time it won’t take 3 months to get my account back up and running.

Image via Fine Art America

My second conclusion and I’ve been thinking about this one all week, this is what I got TOSsed for btw.  THIS IS MY OPINION and I’m fine with anyone disagreeing with me because it is only an opinion so please keep that in mind before you press my Contact Bats link and send some message that makes you look like an idiot.  Can you tell I’m feeling spunky?  Anyway, a story surfaced that Corey Haim and Feldman were victims of pedophilia when first getting started in the acting industry.  Old news, right?  Well some think this is the reason that Corey Haim unfortunately died.  I disagree fully, don’t complicate his addiction and death.  Corey Haim died because he was an addict, plain and simple.  Those two words are where people are disagreeing with me at, plain and simple; well three words really.  IN MY OPINION, picking out and putting on a condom is more complicated than his death.  He didn’t die because he was a victim, he died because he used to an extreme.  He was an addict, he died because of that.

The same goes for me, my alcoholism and addictions aren’t complicated.  I like alcohol a hell of a lot, I’m an alcoholic.  If I drink, I’ll die.   Plain and simple.  I’m an addict;  I like various drugs, valium being one of them.  If I take it, I’ll die.  Plain and simple.