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What Can We Learn From Whitney Houston's Death?

Updated on March 7, 2012
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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.

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      Smitty Fausett 6 years ago

      Thanks for drawing attention to an excellerating problem. Hopefully those who unknowingly mix prescribed prescriptions with readily accessible alcohol, are more aware of its dangers. AA is an excellent resource and solution.

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a very sensible hub with lots of common sense and good advice for everyone. Yes, let Whitney's death not be in vain - let us learn from her struggles with substance abuse so this doesn't happen to another celebrity - or worse - her daughter.

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      Mindy Meisel 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks for commenting.

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      kayyluh 6 years ago

      Whitney Houston was an idol to me, I loved all of her music and movies. Whitney will be terribly missed, addiction like you mentioned is a big killer when it comes to stars. I believe that the grammies and all the fame was beginning to be to much for Miss. Houston to handle. We will always love her.

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      Shelley Meisel 6 years ago from San Francisco, California

      Great job mummy. I love your post

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      creativebutterfly 6 years ago from Florida USA

      she will be sadly missed and we can never know what goes on in her life or anyone else who is in the media as sthe media never tell the whole story, only what is news and sensational.

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