The tragedy surrounding Amy Winehouse’s death has had a sombering effect on the entire world, and as the questions and hope for answers begins, the conversation swiftly turns to her tumultuous history with drug and alcohol abuse and the part it played in her death. Winehouse’s substance use has always been a large part of her public persona, even releasing a song called “Rehab” in 2006 that discusses her unwillingness or inability to seek help for her addictions. The song is one of her most famous works and is even referred to as a “signature song” in the artist’s repertoire. She became famous in part for her unapologetic antics and devil-may-care attitude, creating a larger than life personality that many in the public felt would never truly falter. As the tragic story unfolds, much of what is learned makes sense, but it does not make this situation any easier to accept.
Recently, the Winehouse family shared their opinion of what truly caused the death of their daughter. Although toxicology reports are still unavailable and won’t be for a few more weeks, they feel it was Amy’s attempt to stop drinking on her own and all at once that caused her body to go into shock and be unable to deal with the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. It has been discussed that in the days leading up to her death, Winehouse had made the decision to stop drinking, yet she did not think it would be possible for her to slowly wean herself from the substance. If this was the case, it is very possible that the drastic change was enough to have fatal consequences. It is difficult to grapple with the idea of death amidst Amy finally making a positive decision for her future, but failure to detox in a safe, controlled, supervised environment had a much more drastic consequence than any could have thought. Withdrawal symptoms are different for each person depending on their drug of choice, length of time used, and body and brain chemistry, which is why the withdrawal and recovery process is safest when it can be completed in a facility with medical staff who specialize in detoxification from the substances of choice.
Substance abuse isn’t just about the misuse of a drug. There are underlying causes, patterns of thought and issues that should all be properly worked through in order to help prevent a relapse in the future. The detoxification process is also essential to the overall recovery process because it provides the safest environment possible for what will most likely be an uncomfortable, and for some, potentially dangerous process. While there are many types of rehabilitation that offer a variety of focuses and mentalities, detoxification is an incredibly important aspect of the recovery process. Clarity Way understands this and along with personalized detoxification plans, works with and monitors clients very closely as they slowly prepare their bodies for the intense, yet necessary process, it is about to undergo. The detox process is not typically a strong focus when discussing substance abuse recovery, but if there is any glimmer of light to come out of this bleak situation, it is the potential for renewed focus on the importance of safe and supervised detoxification and an awareness of the implications it can have on the entire healing process.
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Posted on August 2nd, 2011 in Blog