Famous people, for the most part, live extraordinary lives. Wanting for nothing can afford one a unique lifestyle. Experiences most of us could hardly even imagine, let alone have, ourselves. However, just because one has seemingly unlimited resources, doesn’t mean they are not eligible for heartache. Like the rest of us, celebrities are not exempt from mental health disorders—such as addiction. Over the past few years a large number of public icons have perished because of complications linked to alcohol and substance use.

“Prince” Rogers Nelson died of a fentanyl overdose, and Michael Jackson died from a deadly cocktail of drugs. Jackson had been administered Ativan (lorazepam), midazolam and propofol. The latter is used by anesthesiologists in hospital settings, stopping breathing is one of the listed side effects. Other notable deaths in recent years include Heath Ledger, whose autopsy revealed the presence of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine. Philip Seymour Hoffman died from “acute mixed drug intoxication” heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine.

Getting The Help You Need For Addiction

The notable deaths highlighted above, are only a minute number of the total number of overdose cases across the country. But, perhaps the greatest tragedy is that those deaths could have been avoided. To be sure, some of them sought treatment and worked a program before ultimately relapsing.

Long-term recovery is possible as long as individuals are willing to do what is required. There are plenty of celebrities who, after years of battling the demons of addiction, made a decision to seek recovery. Through working the steps and committing oneself every day to turning one’s will and life over to the care of a “higher power,” you can then position yourself to help others find recovery down the road. A perfect example of this occurrence is Eric Clapton, who is in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction.

Eric Clapton is often considered to be one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. “ Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars” gives viewers a chance to take a candid look at both the beauty and tragedy of his life and career. Many Clapton fans may not be aware that he lost his son, Conor, in 1991. Following the tragic loss of his son, Clapton decided to open an alcohol and drug treatment center on the Caribbean Island of Antigua. A perfect (albeit extreme) example of paying it forward in recovery. Naturally, few people have the resources to give back quite like Clapton, but the principle holds true. In recovery, we all have to do our part to help others, the same way we were helped when in need.

Ready for Recovery

Are you struggling with drugs and/or alcohol? Have you been dependent on at least one mind-altering substance for years? If you answered yes to any of those questions and would like to begin the process of recovery, then it is strongly advised that you seek the assistance of a medical detox program . Withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol is a complicated and potentially dangerous event. Medical supervision is the safest way to be start the lifesaving journey of recovery. Please contact Boca Detox Center today, we can help.