Could Amy Winehouse Have Been Saved? The Power Of Addiction

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The singer's unfortunate struggle reminds us that we need to understand the danger of this disease.

When the tragic news of Amy Winehouse’s death was announced, her family, friends, fellow artists, and fans were all devastated. Although the cause of her death has not officially been confirmed, most assume she lost her life as a result of her tumultuous history with drugs and alcohol. It's highly possible that this young talent lost her life due to addiction.

Unfortunately, as we saw in Winehouse's experience, no amount of money, talent, accolades or admiration can avoid addiction, and its insidious, all-consuming nature makes it very difficult to treat. The only way to recover from this otherwise destructive and deadly disease is to undergo intensive, long-term treatment that is accompanied by a life overhaul. It's critical that those suffering from addiction, or know someone who is, understand the seriousness of the affliction in order to inspire and facilitate recovery. 

The Causes Of Addiction

Addiction is typically born from a number of complex and unfortunate factors. Some causes are biological, as research has shown that sufferers may have a genetic predisposition to the disease. For others, the familial nature of addiction may be to blame—past studies suggest that an estimated 40 percent of alcoholics have had an alcoholic parent, and that the alcoholism rate is much greater in relatives of alcoholics than in relatives of those who don't show signs of addiction. Love Is An Addiction; Breakups Like Withdrawal

There are also certain psychological factors that contribute, such as a history of trauma, various psychological disorders like depression and anxiety, a lack of impulse control, a lack of coping skills and more. An addict may be suffering from some sort of intense, all-encompassing psychic pain that is so unbearable, drugs and alcohol become the only way to quell it. These substances work very well to suppress such feelings, but once they wear off, an addict becomes even more desperate to bury their pain now that they have found a way that works. 

After a while, the body becomes addicted as well. It needs the drugs and/or alcohol in order to avoid withdrawal, which is characterized by nausea, restlessness, sickness and pain. And so, the vicious cycle begins—addicts spin deeper and deeper into a world of total dependence and are rendered unable to help themselves. The only way out is treatment, and even that is not a guarantee.

So, What Happened To Amy?

This sad journey is likely what happened to Amy Winehouse. There was probably a harrowing combination of factors that made her susceptible to addiction, and fame didn’t help. Fame comes with an interesting set of dynamics: the pressure to do well, always be producing, stay relevant, etc. On one hand, this immersion in adoration and adulation from fans and media can feel extremely gratifying and heady. On the other hand, it can feel empty and hollow. Amy Winehouse's Ex-Husband: "I Watched Her Die In My Arms"

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