Daily Archives: July 23, 2011


Talk what you know

 Today Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment.  While the official cause of death has not been determined, I think most of the world is assuming her death is the result of a drug overdose.  If that’s the case, I won’t be shocked, based on the much-publicized (perhaps overly so) battle she waged with addiction to drugs and alcohol. What has shocked me is the sheer amount of comments I’m hearing about how  disappointed people are in her ongoing struggle with addiction and her inability to overcome it. It seems so ignorant, insensitive, and removed. I wonder how many of these people have ever dealt with addiction up close and personal — in their own lives or of those they love — and not just through the media. I would venture to think that their outlook on the effects of addiction on the addict and the havoc it wreaks would be much different, perhaps less concerned with pointing fingers and more understanding of the rehabilitation process.  After all, life is much different when you’re a participant instead of a spectator.