The death of Amy Winehouse has pulled a lot of press. But the reaction that touched me deeply was from someone unexpected- Russell Brand:
When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.
His amazing essay (which should be required reading for anyone even remotely associated with the reality of addiction) is here.
At the very least, please read the last paragraph. It’s powerful.
I only wish that the emphasis on her uniqueness, her “incredible talent” had not been used to differentiate her (seemingly) from other “drunks and junkies”. I’m sure everyone has incredible talents outside those acknowledged by popular culture (and thus part of the money-making machine.)