What Can We Learn From Whitney Houston's Death?
Whitney Houston Will Be Missed
The tragic news of Whitney Houston being found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel bathroom, a day before the Grammy Awards is now old news. And, although this situation was overwhelmingly distressing, it is now time to give it a purpose.
The news was blasted across all of the various media networks ~ television, radio, the internet, the entire social media networks, etc. This woman was undeniably an icon and her talent was a remarkable gift. Her life was cut way too short. Whitney...you will be missed.
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse is a terrible disease. Unlike cancer, it is unfortunately so misunderstood. The disease is changing its face with the new onslaught of prescription medication. It's been alive in the entertainment industry for decades.
Legal prescription medication is the new threat, and the combination of prescription medication and alcohol is lethal. It's becoming entirely too prevalent for us, as a people, to disregard.
Tragically, as the details of the Whitney Houston story unfold, it sounds like this may have been preventable. The red flags were flying every which way. When someone in recovery picks up a drink, that behavior should not be thought of as “partying!” Alcohol and prescription medication kill. Don't be an enabler. Get help quickly.
Who should be held accountable? How can we put systems in place to protect those who fall victim to this disease? How can we protect privacy issues and still help this increasingly growing epidemic? How can we hold our doctors accountable? How can we educate the friends and family of these victims?
Substance Abuse Is A Treatable Disease
Substance abuse is a treatable disease. There is so much shame associated with this disease. Don't let this disease kill someone that you love. There is a softer and easier way. The Twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous offer solutions. There are meetings all over the world. It is inexpensive and participation offers a feeling of not being alone.
When I learned that Whitney had planned to check back into re-hab again, I was absolutely overcome with sadness. I could only imagine how the folks who saw her drinking, right before her death, may have felt. Her family and friends obviously did not know how to handle the situation. This is an extremely sensitive issue. Addiction kills, but there is a solution.
AA Offers a Solution
AA and The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous are no longer misunderstood by its members. It’s the non-members that we need to bring up to speed. Without daily meetings and developing a spiritual connection to life, addicts struggle. Their lives can become an overwhelmingly difficult activity. AA is not a religion. It is a way of living that offers a solution.
There are Treatment Centers which have cropped up all over the world. Most of them are extremely expensive. AA has a world headquarters in New York City. Their Hotline is available 24/7. There is always a compassionate person to speak with ~ all day and all night.
Let’s get pro-active in the quest to answer the questions regarding accountability and responsibility. Now is a perfect time to give the death of Whitney Houston a purpose. We really need to bring these questions home. We need to talk with our children. We need to bring the Drug Education Programs up to date. Now is the time for physicians and pharmacies to be held accountable. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
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Alcoholics Anonymous Official Web site