Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mindy McCready: Addiction isn't Glamorous

Reading through my newsfeed on Facebook this morning, between friends babies and new houses, alongside the quiet beauty of everyday life, an article from the HuffingtonPost: 'Celebrity Rehab' Deaths: Mindy McCready Becomes Fifth Cast Member to Die.

I've never watched the show, and while I don't believe exploiting people's disease/illness should be a way to entertain ourselves (would people watch celebrity HIV or celebrity cancer? Wait, people watch the Bachelor and The Real Housewives of______. So maybe they would). Shit. Still! The sad truth is, not everyone with addiction recovers and lives a sober life. Unfortunately, the one's who do recover and stay living a life of recovery aren't the stories that seem to make the news. I wish they were.

I'm not making light of McCready's death. It is sad and painful to suffer from a demon that lives inside of you. It is difficult to be a friend or family member watching someone you love and care about struggle. Addiction, in any form, is cunning, baffling, and powerful. The peculiar mental twist and a physical allergy of the body are too much for an addict on their own to overcome. Help is not something only needed in the beginning. If you are someone you know is suffering, please reach out for help. There are many resources available now including local mental health agencies, counseling, rehabs (that don't put your struggle on display), and 12-step programs (free of charge!). If you want it, there is help.

Unfortunately, I'm Not So Tough, has a different meaning.

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