survivingmiddleage

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Addiction Wins Again

Today Amy Winehouse was announced dead. She was extremely talented. She was also well-known for drug use. We don’t know the exact cause of her death but I don’t think it would be too far-fetched to believe that her addiction had something to do with it. People don’t realize that what they are doing to themselves will eventually kill them. So many people think that drugs and alcohol are glamorous and fun. Drugs and alcohol are a way to self-medicate when you refuse to deal with real life. You are altering your state of mind in order to tolerate yourself and the world. Why not try to change who you are so that you can deal with life better? Why not try sobriety? Many people live sober every day and do just fine. You don’t have to use drugs or alcohol to be a great artist. Art is within you. You have the power to let that loose and do not need chemicals to assist you.

Today’s news was sad but it wasn’t shocking. And that makes it sadder. Nobody seemed shocked or surprised. It was like an inevitable fact. But it didn’t have to be. I hope people will realize that this was preventable. She didn’t have to die so young. I hope people will think about this and recognize they can stop their own self-destructive behaviors and possibly prolong their lives. I hate that addiction wins again and don’t want it to anymore. I’m just sad.

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