I am a firm believer that you cannot have too much education. Was Amy Winehouse a sick individual? Absolutely. I would be naïve to think that one simple alcohol awareness class would have been the difference between a tragic young talent losing her life at the age of 27, or getting off the road to perdition.
The primary problem was that Winehouse did not have a true positive influence in her life. While she may have had friends and relatives who were concerned about her chronic drug use and alcoholism, but none of them had the inner-influence to help her get off drugs and alcohol and reclaim her life.
Where Was Her Answer?
Statistics can be a great thing, however, when they are involved in cases of alcoholism, drug addiction and celebrity death they are nothing but sad. The fact that she became a statistic is not surprising. Her abuse of chemical substances was widely reported.
Her abusive behavior was snowballing. She was fast-tracking herself to rehab or worse. Unfortunately for her, and those who loved her, it was worse. The 27-year-old uber-talent that was Amy Winehouse died last week after a binge of drugs and alcohol. The tragedy was no surprise.
Over the past years the singer's father Mitch Winehouse had desperately tried to get his daughter who battled addiction into the same rehab clinic which helped Russell Brand shortly before her death.
History Repeats Itself
In a tribute to Winehouse, Hollywood Superstar Russell Brand said that without the help of the same group Winehouse’s father recommended, would have been dead by now of a drug overdose.
Winehouse, who shot to fame in 2003 with her debut album Frank, reportedly thought she'd die young and join the member of the '27 Club'. Others who died at 27 include Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.
More Education Could Help
Like most troubled celebrity stars, Amy Winehouse tried to get clean. She and those close to her knew that she was on a self-destructive path to something really bad. They were correct. She had been in and out of rehab – and she was only 27!
If someone’s problems are bad enough to manifest themselves to the point of multiple-rehab stints, something should have been done long before now! That is true not only for Winehouse but all of those suffering from addictions like drug abuse and alcoholism.
The singer who was known for having red roses pinned to her hair while she sang and who sported numerous tattoos was on the same collision course with the Grim Reaper we all are. Unfortunately for Amy Winehouse, it may very well have come before the beautiful gifts God had given her were able to multiply and positively infect all those who knew her tremendous gift.
Like so many others, Amy Winehouse has become a statistic. She is a statistic for those whose lives have been pre-maturely claimed by drugs and alcohol.
As a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser, I really hate to see the loss a death like this has on society. I can only hope that this death serves a purpose. I hope that from the death of Amy Winehouse people realize this can happen to you. It is here and now. Please do not abuse drugs and alcohol.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from drug abuse or alcoholism, please seek help immediately. If you prefer to have complete anonymity there are online alcohol awareness classes as well.