I have heard and read posts and magazines etc. about the death of Amy Winehouse and disagree with most of them .It seems there is a general consenses that this tragedy could have been avoided and she should not have said no no no to rehab.
Here is the deal .Addicts don't always have a choice when their addiction grabs them by the throat and doesn't let them go until they are dead.
You can put addicts on 72 hour psychiatric holds theough the District Attorneys office if you feel they are in life threatening danger.Any citizen can request this .Sometimes this is successful as a jump start,but frequently addicts and alcoholics who are encouraged to go to rehab after that refuse. That is their addiction talking.
It is a common misconception that addicts of any kind ,including food addicts have control over their disease. Sometime there is willingness to take steps towards recovery ..a 12 Step Program ..rehab.. but if the willingness isn't there, they will probably die an early death like Amy.
It is the same for food addiction.How many of you have read my blogs and commented on your own problems with food addiction and have not been able to break the cycle with your own unsteady willpower?Are you all too weak to get it under control .Am I? No.Addicts have shown tremendous willpower in many areas of their life and are frequently very sucessful.They have managed on all levels except managing their addiction.
The worst rate of rising addiction in America is food addiction and thousands of people die from obesity related diseases every single day.Frequently their friends or family can't help them because they suffer from the same addicton.
Instead of being angry that Amy couldn't have pulled it together and taken herself off her path of destruction,I feel sadness for her and her family.But I feel angry at our government who is doing little to nothing to protect our children and ourselves from the addiction of eating ourselves to death.
If you know someone suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction refer them or better yet take them to Alcololic or Narcotics Anonymous.Take your friends out to coffee who are obese and tell them that you fear for their lives and take them to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting . Be compassionate.Listen.Give encouragment .Save a life today.
Rest in Peace Amy.