Blogust 2018: The Series

Day 8: Let’s Talk about the Reality of Addiction.

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Hey, guys – welcome back to TNTH.

A couple of weeks ago, the internet found out that on July 23rd, Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in her home due to an apparent overdose. While sites believed it was due to heroin, sources close to Lovato claim that it wasn’t heroin, but quite possibly a mix of opioids and meth.

Prior to this incident, Demi Lovato released a song only a month before, entitled “Sober“, which she admits that she relapsed after six years of her sobriety. Many of her fans were shocked, supportive, and yes, even disappointed that she would go back to living a life that she advocated against, but many people concluded the song to be an apology and the start of getting herself clean once again. So when the news broke out about her overdose in late July, many were shocked, even scared that Demi would be the next Lil Peep. Whitney Houston. Amy Winehouse, especially since July 23rd would’ve made 7 years since Winehouse’s death at 27.

On August 6th, Demi released a post on Instagram stating the following:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmHH69KlY3L/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_loading_state_control 

Anyone who follows Demi and her journey. or personally knows someone dealing with addiction knows what Demi said is true: addiction doesn’t just disappear or fade with time. It’s a constant battle you have to fight with. You don’t have to be addicted to drugs or alcohol for it to be considered an addiction. People could be addicted to food, sex, people, pretty much anything, and overcoming any addiction on the spectrum is extremely difficult and it never goes away. You find yourself trying to control the way you eat, but find yourself just eating everything one night? You find yourself promising your significant other you won’t cheat on them, but then sleep with a random girl you found at the club that night? You find yourself completely hanging out with the wrong crowd, yet always go back to them because of the memories and connections you had? These things are all forms of relapsing, and we can’t expect people who deal with drug and alcohol addictions to just get clean and stay off of it for the rest of their lives; it’s merely impossible and very unrealistic to expect that from them.

I personally deal with family who have addictions of their own and who either fight them to be healthier or ignore them whenever they please. Seeing it around me, I know how it feels to be sick and tired of seeing those with addictions continuously going about their days doing the things that are hurting them. You ask yourself how hard could it be to just stop doing it. You get mad that those people can’t stop their addictions. You ultimately give up on those people when they “disappoint” you time and time again. While I’m not excusing addicts for their behavior, I’m simply saying that if you try to overpower your addiction and fail to do so time and time again, that doesn’t mean you failed as a person. It means you’re a fucking human being. If you relapse, don’t sulk in your failures of staying clean and healthy. Keep fighting your battles, keep talking about your battles, and have supportive people around you who are willing to support your battles.

What happened to Demi Lovato was a tragedy; fans of her could’ve easily lost the person that got many of them to take care of their mental health and possible addictions. The music industry would’ve lost a powerhouse voice, that’s for sure. Many of our great singers and actors lost their lives due to their addictions; it just comes to show that these things can happen to anyone, no matter what status you may be on. One thing is for certain: we have to keep talking about these sorts of things in our everyday lives. We can’t wait to see the next celebrity on the front page of every website in order for us to start talking about the importance again. No matter what day it is, talk about these things and help people realize that they aren’t alone and that there is help out there!

*If you or anyone you know has a drug/substance abuse problem, please seek up at the 24/7 National Drug Hotline on their website. People are more than willing to help you out get the help that you may need.

 

-Liz. (:

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