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Why Did Ozzy Osbourne Relapse?

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Ozzy Osbourne's relapse
The rock star seems to have made up with his wife Sharon.
After 10 years of sobriety, he relapsed. Why would he do this?

We recently wrote an article about Ozzy Osbourne's fall off the wagon. However, that article was written very much from the viewpoint of what his wife Sharon should do in her relationship with her husband. We decided to try and give some insight into why Ozzy may have done what he did.

We all know Ozzy as the wild man of rock, who bit the heads off bats and consumed enough booze and drugs to kill a small town. The man is a legend. More recently, after cleaning up his life and getting off the booze and drugs, we have come to know the family man through the reality show. It is most definitely not your run-of-the-mill family, but clearly, there is love between the members.

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Ozzy is a survivor. Many musicians of that era, some very talented, have disappeared without trace.  Some died, look at the death roll: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse. But Ozzy not only survived, he thrived and went on to be a star of the reality age. The public took him into their hearts in that strange way we seem to cherish reformed characters. We love their notoriety as it brings color and edginess, just as long as they have left the wild behaviour behind and are safe now. It is a bit like the thrill of viewing a lion up close, provided it is restrained or behind bars.

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So in spite of his past, Ozzy is a beloved character. He seems to have it all: a loving wife, family, fame and wealth. So why would he risk all of that for a drink or to take drugs? It does not make sense. It is the craziest thing he has ever done, biting the head off a bat seems tame compared to this. That is, unless you are an addict and then you can understand. Keep reading...

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Location: Exeter, DEV, United Kingdom
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Specialties: Addiction, Drug and Alcohol, Family Support
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