“Stop waiting for celebrities to die to discuss addiction” Thank you Bats!

I agree with Bats. We can not continue to wait for celebrities to die to begin a real dialog about addiction and death. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family; they always do.

My thoughts and prayers go out to EVERY family who loses someone to drugs or alcohol. EVERY FAMILY.

It is time to begin a REAL dialog about the deaths of addicts all over the world; period.

To paraphrase the Poet Audre Lord, “Our Silence will not save us.”

No. It won’t.

Jen

The She Chronicles

I know everyone is anxiously awaiting a post by me about Whitney Houston’s tragic death {sarcasm about waiting for the post} but the truth of the matter is this:  I don’t understand why it takes a celebrity to die for us to notice and discuss addiction.  My heart goes out to the Houston family and friends, it really does.  Don’t get me wrong, I looked up to Whitney Houston when I was a little girl before I noticed Danzig, Metallica, Tom Petty, Megadeth, and Slayer.  I wanted to be as beautiful as her, wanted to sound like a songbird just as she did.

Addiction is powerful, it’s raw, it’s confining, it’s suffocating; and unfortunately it has taken yet another beautiful person off the face of the Earth.  Each day addiction takes women {and men} to deep dark places of despair, of horror, and each day it takes someone new to death…

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~ by Step On a Crack on February 15, 2012.

10 Responses to ““Stop waiting for celebrities to die to discuss addiction” Thank you Bats!”

  1. Fucking beautiful. You said it. And i believe and SUPPORT it!!! Let’s go warriors!!! 😉 xoox love mel

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  2. Isn’t that the truth, “our silence will not save us.”

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  3. Keeping quiet on matters like this is a bad thing, speaking out and supporting those who need it is a good thing.

    Whitney was a beautiful woman with a glorious voice, but she was only one of many who have failed in the difficult task of living a good life. It isn’t always an easy task, and I wish she had better help to get through.

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  4. It is a sad fact that millions perish daily with nary a word mentioned. But when a ‘celebrity’ dies – people write the President.

    But then again, I try to view it positively – that ‘celebrities’ stripped of the glamour are like us, ordinary folks. And if their deaths, tragic as they are, help catapult the issues to the forefront…

    Peace and luv, Eric

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reblogging my post!
    Look I know I’m sounding selfish when I say I’m pissed that every time a celebrity dies we blow it up. I mean shit even the President released a short statement about Whitneys’ death {and that has me furious} but the thing of it is, that’s it…we’ll take a look at her life for a week and then nothing else will come of it. Thousands of ordinary people die of addiction everyday, that’s a fact and we’re not lowering the flags for them like New Jersey will do this weekend.
    I’m at the point where I’m trying to view this like Eric, in a positive light. Atleast people will notice the effects of addiction until the media stops talking about Whitney Houston.

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    • The PRESIDENT made a statement?! No. WHAT?

      Bats your post is SPOT ON! You nailed it. THIS comment is a perfect follow up: “…Nothing will come of it…”

      Damn. So true.

      Thank you for blogging. Thank you for your honesty and your hard hitting posts.

      I am grateful…

      Jen

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  6. I like your thoughts on it. Yes. Let’s talk about what’s real.

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  7. Reblogged this on 12 Steps – Think About It!.

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  8. Oh, but don’t we cling to our silence as though it is our life line,…at our own peril.

    Sometimes it takes having our backs against the wall to speak. There are times when our anguished scream splits the silence. There are also moments when someone, quietly, purposefully, from their corner of the world, whether face to face or in cyberspace, speaks with a calm and reasoned voice. We need both voices inviting, pressing us to listen and to save us from ourselves.

    Thank you, Jen for “screaming” when we aren’t listening. For being a consistent voice of honesty and reason in the craziness of our own self-destruction.

    Thank you for the other countless voices who keep calling us back to balance, to sanity, to wholeness.

    Thank you.

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