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You Don’t Have To Die From Drug Addiction Or Alcoholism

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 11 September 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Alcohol

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“Wasn’t my life enough of a cautionary tale?”

Whitney Houston hauntingly spoke those very words, in her very last film, Sparkle!

After the fact, it seems so hauntingly and eerily accurate?!

Sparkle, is the story of a mother who rules over the roost of her children - three beautiful, young women who are courted by the dark side of fame, drugs, and predators.

The three girls, aspiring entertainers, share their talents with the world as they perform in their very own singing group. The oldest, Sister, eventually becomes a victim of domestic violence and succumbs to the temptation of crack cocaine.

In fact, she dies, beaten, battered and addicted to crack cocaine.

Meanwhile, the youngest, portrayed by Jordin Sparks, of American Idol fame, eventually emerges, unscathed, to blossom into the solo singer and performer that everyone knew she was capable of becoming.

Effie, Whitney Houston’s character, as much as she tried to be an example of decorum, discipline, purity and grace, once had a past of her own.

Effie was once aspiring singer, who obviously did not make it, for no reason that we were informed of.

Nevertheless, she urges her daughters not to go down the same path that, based on her experience, would eventually lead to regret. She demanded that they focus on education, and not succumb to drugs, and instead, make good choices.

As we all know, Ms. Houston, once known as the queen of pop, the most successful female singer, and a celebrated actress herself, struggled with drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol led to her untimely death.

Allegedly wrought with insecurities later in her short life, Ms. Houston apparently could not concede to her inner most self that she was an addict/alcoholic. She continued to use until the day she died.

Drug addiction and alcoholism is no respecter of money, class, social standing or success. Ms. Houston once had every accoutrement one could imagine and not one of them saved her from eventual demise.

Could anyone have imagined at the height of her career, 1992-1996, she would later die of addiction?! Was there any sign?! I would imagine that the answer to both of those questions is no, and yet she later died anyway. ….”cunning, baffling, powerful.”

She never lived to see the promises come true in her life. “Some of us just don’t get it”, as I have often heard old timers exclaim.

If you are reading this and you are an addict or alcoholic, it is not too late for you to get it… is not too late for you to achieve the promises! Let Whitney Houston’s life or anyone else that you know who has died from addiction be your cautionary tale.

Call us now if you or someone that you know is struggling from drug addiction or alcoholism. We can help you.

Please let us know if Whitney Houston’s music or death has impacted your life.

Also, how has drug addiction and alcoholism has impacted your life?

Photo Courtesy of: accesshollywood

About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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