My title is not a mean comment concerning Whitney Houston. To the contrary, I believe Whitney and her life should be utilized to help others with addictions.
Here was someone who God gifted with voice, beauty, and world fame. But beneath the surface was a soul who struggled with the addictions of this world. She had a life we can only dream of, and yet a life few would want to dream about. Her personal torture was equal to her fame.
Because the very cells of her being, screamed to have their addiction satiated, day in and day out. And here was a self-proclaimed strong woman, who made her own decisions and stood by those decisions; right, wrong or even deadly. Yet, her strength was no match for the demon that devoured her twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
I believe Whitney being famous and wealthy helped the progression of her addictions and her death. So many demonic minions will cling like barnacles to a soul, eating their way through an addict’s money and life. All the while, singing cursed love songs in their host’s insecure ears. They do not care if their host dies, because addict minions will move on to another and another. Until bursting open like a blood filled tick. For their addiction too, will end a demonic minion’s life. You see, the sickness revolves in a never-ending circle until someone brings through or out of the ring of fire.
As a nation, shouldn’t we be as concerned about our growing number of addicts as we are about our cancer patients? Shouldn’t we bring through this ring of fire?
I also, believe sending an addict to prison is not the answer to our substance abuse problems. Now, if an addict commits a heinous crime, then yes, they are to go to jail. An addict should be sentenced to one year of rehab at a special facility. The people who should go to jail, are the doctors and the minions who perpetuate an addicts ability to abuse these substances. Every one bears this responsibility one way or another. Your tax dollar to build another prison, to house another addict, makes you responsible too.
My special rehab would first dry them out and then help them cope with siren which wails in their head. Addicts can learn to be productive parts of society, if taught how and given the proper tools to face adverse situations. A year of focusing on getting well! Wouldn’t we do that for someone with a serious disease?
No, I am not an addict or someone with a substance abuse problem. I have a chronic, serious disease which I fight every day to live, called Wegener’s Disease! I found myself in the position of having to take control of my own health care. Because one day I looked up and realized my body was craving the prescriptions the doctors had given me. A prescription that was supposed to put the disease in remission.
I had to wean myself off of all of the medications and start from scratch. Looking back, I should have been under medical care when I started the process, but I did not trust the medical profession. It was a low time in my life and my family’s life with me, because I was one sick individual.
Now I have only two doctors and no prescriptions to counteract the effects of other prescriptions. I use Western medications, Eastern acupuncture, and homeopathic supplements which only boost my immune system. I utilize Yoga, meditation, prayer, and my relationship with God. I believe that in order to heal the body, you must strengthen the body, soul, and mind, and then let it take care of itself. I do not believe the solution to healing a serious disease is to kill the body first. I count my good days as milestones and my bad days as bumps in the road.
It took me eight years to figure things out and I still make adjustments. Can you imagine an addict trying to figure out what to do for themselves? They can not even admit they have a serious disease. So, we must help them by having addictions labeled as serious diseases. They should be told they are gravely ill and it could mean the end of their life. And instead of sending them to prison, give the a real alternative. In the long run, society as a whole will come out the winner.