As Amy Winehouse‘s album Back to Black climbs back onto the charts and whispers begin about a treasure trove of unreleased songs, Winehouse’s family has a hunch about what we might find in her toxicology report—that she died from alcohol withdrawal. They believe that laying off the alcohol cold turkey may be what caused Winehouse’s sudden death last weekend at age 27. A source close to the family explains, “[Amy's father Mitch] said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely. Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take. Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”
So what exactly is alcohol withdrawal? And can it kill someone? Keep reading »
“[Alcoholism] was bigger than me. It was definitely going to kill me. I remember sitting on my bed. I swear, I don’t know what death feels like, but I felt like my spirit was trying to leave my body. I really didn’t care about myself. I was borderline suicidal. I was like the walking dead; just smoking and drinking and hanging. I remember saying a prayer: ‘Send me someone to help me.’ … I stopped drinking. It was will power. It was prayer. It was really hard. But, I cared so much about [my now-husband Kendu Isaacs], I didn’t want to be just this alcoholic burden on him. He doesn’t deserve for me to be some slum-bucket alcoholic, and so I took responsibility and I cleaned up, as much as I could. But it was hard.”
—Mary J. Blige tells “Behind The Music” how she felt close to death as an alcoholic and explains how she finally defeated the disease’s hold on her. Since the episode just aired, it’s hard not to view it in light of Amy Winehouse‘s death, especially given that Winehouse died alone in bed. If only she’d been able to turn her addictions around, too. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.
After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers of “The Tudors” was reportedly hospitalized this week after trying to commit suicide by overdosing on pills, People and The Sun are reporting. The 33-year-old actor, who’s clocked in five stints in rehab for alcohol abuse over the years, was allegedly found slumped over on the ground by paramedics who responded to an emergency call at his London home. Meyers reportedly spent the night at the hospital following the suicide scare and was discharged the next day. This is extremely distressing news, given how he’s such a talented actor. I hope he gets the help he needs. Love ya, Jonathan! [People, The Sun UK] Keep reading »
One night, while six months pregnant, I woke to the sound of something crashing down the stairs. That something, I discovered, was my husband Jason, who lay sprawled on the floor like a limp marionette. At first, I was worried. Had he broken his neck? Was the father of my unborn child alive? But my next thought might strike some people as mean, although I can explain. It was: Good—serves him right. Keep reading »