The recent death of Whitney Houston, aged only 48, is reputed to be a result of combination abuse of alcohol and drugs - with a mention of use of the prescription drug Xanax. Only hours before her death, Whitney appeared to friends and family to be happy and looking forward to attending yet another pre-grammy award party, and mixing it up with friends.
It would appear that despite a reported current use of alcohol and drugs, Whitney’s death was accidental.
Alcohol and prescription drugs might have been what Whitney Houston had lately been using, but for the most part of her career, it has been reported, by The Sun newspaper, that Whitney used cocaine.
Citing the influence of former husband Bobby Brown, singer Whitney Houston is said to have wasted on drugs the fortune that she earned in the music industry in a 30 year career - over a hundred million dollars of earnings gradually drifted away, while Whitney paid out the money required to feed a massive cocaine habit.
The Sun newspaper has gone into print – telling the tragic story of how this celebrity died nearly bankrupt after many years of paying dealers to supply her with cocaine, a habit that took it’s toll on her health and eventually destroyed her successful career.
Whitney, – who once denied the use of cocaine saying on TV, in 2002 – ” I make too much money, to smoke crack. Crack is wack.”, was taken to hospital, with severe bleeding from the nose in 2003, and in 2006, photos appeared of a squalid bathroom, full of drug paraphernalia – including a dirty crack pipe, and cocaine encrusted spoons. Whitney is reputed to have used crack, cocaine, marijuana and pills, introduced to cannabis laced with crack by former husband Brown.
Whitney says that she once spent seven months, only ever wearing pyjamas, and not going out, when seriously addicted to cocaine. On a chat show with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney finally admitted that she had been addicted to crack in the 1990′s, after getting married to Bobby Brown. Whitney Houston has been a practising drug addict for over twenty years.
Brown’s sister Tina who publicly released the bathroom photos, said that at the time, and since Whitney had finished filming the 1992 movie “The BodyGuard”, Whitney was using drugs every single day,would not stop, and those close to her thought it likely that one day she would overdose. Whitney appeared to be out of her mind – paranoid and unable to function when addicted to coke.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina, now hospitalized due to grief and shock over the recent death of her mother, was witness to and often severely frightened by Whitney’s extreme and bizarre behavior.
Having gone twice to traditional rehab, Whitney told Oprah in 2010 that she was clean of cocaine. However she cancelled performances, and could not appear in public, and her last public performance was in 2010.
Simon Bailey who accompanied Whitney on her final tour says that he never saw her use drugs, or drink, she only drank water, and he says, as many people often wonder, after a person dies – you just think people around her could have helped her, although I know they must have tried.
Whitney had an unhappy marriage to emotionally abusive Bobby Brown, which finally ended in 2006, legal conflicts between 2001 and 2003 with her long term manager – father John Houston Entertainment, and financial worries must have played their part in Whitney’s continuing drug dependence and addiction.
Five years after signing a hundred million dollar 6 album contract, her $4m mansion, in 2006 was being re-possessed for mortgage arrears – and outstanding taxes.
In fact Whitney was said to be flat broke and living on an advance against future recordings with Arista on the day she died.
The party that Whitney was to attend on the evening of her death was show biz mogul Clive Davis’ pre – grammy award party, now partnered by the Grammy Awards, and the absolute “must be in it to win it” party of the year. Davis was the man, then head of Arista records, who in 1985, launched Whitney Houston’s career.
One thing that is certain, whether Whitney’s death proves to be intended or accidental, many people give up hard drugs, such as cocaine or crystal meth, and take to using alcohol and prescription pills instead, thinking that this enables them say that they have overcome their addiction to “drugs”.
In fact although familar, alcohol is potentially more toxic than many other available “hard” drugs.
Prescription drugs, used for pain, stimulants and depressives, when skinned down to their basic chemical formulations are often virtually identical to the illicit drugs that can be bought on the street, and are just as addictive, and easily abused.
No one is safe or recovered from drug use until they have got rid of all toxic residues, that remain in the body, and have completed a comprehensive and thorough drug free rehabilitation program, to clear the body and mind of all residual toxicity.
It is very true that often those closest to an addict are those least able to help, too many issues might cloud the way to open communication between them, and the expression of unconditional love.
However, one might expect, during a span of 30 years, that sometimes a window of opportunity might have been there to get Whitney Houston into effective drug detox and rehabilitation.
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Comprehensive drug programs have successes from over forty years of experience in the addiction recovery field.
There are former addicts around today, who have used a comprehensive program – and been drug free and happy – for over forty years.