Robin Williams Addiction, despite him being publicly open about his past addictions, Williams relapsed and then allegedly committed suicide. According to the Oakland Press, Williams was far from alone in his struggles with depression and addiction. Williams’ recent death has triggered an apparent increase in the fear of family members of someone who has tendencies to clinical depression, bipolar disorder, etc.:“A person with bipolar experiences manic highs and then plunge to severe depression and sometimes suicide. Often they are addicted to drugs or alcohol as a method of self treatment”, local experts said.The mental illness is difficult to treat because medication to prevent depression also curbs the feeling of elation, which people often don’t want to give up.” (The Oakland Press, 8/12/14)That being said, the idea of Williams having been bipolar himself might have been a real possibility. Unfortunately, it’s always difficult to know exactly what someone’s feeling and even when in treatment, the strength of the effects is actually up to the client, not the therapist. The therapist is only there to act as a guide. That being said, Williams’ recent death is another example of the fact that if someone has their mind truly set on dying, they will find a way to do so, and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. Although the majority of people who are suicidal don’t actually want to die but have simply lost all hope and have truly become convinced that no one loves them or cares about them. Even worse, they may even be convinced that they are hanging onto a world that doesn’t want them anymore.Hopefully, if there is one benefit that Robin Williams addiction and suicide will have, it’s that it set an example for others to not be ashamed of being open about their own addictions and tendencies to clinical depression and how they’re feeling.
Unlike Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams had the privilege of living in a time in which being open about that kind of thing was welcome and not considered to be some scandal to be covered up. Williams had checked into the Hazeldon Addiction Treatment Center.
Robin Williams Drug Past
In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, Williams struggled with a cocaine addiction and stopped cold turkey following the tragic overdose of the comedian, John Belushi. He never took up cocaine again but tragically relapsed into alcoholism in 2006 after being sober for two decades straight. It’s always hard to know from the outside why those with tendencies to be addicted to drugs or alcohol relapse even after a period of time being sober. Williams himself described it as a devilish little voice that says things along the lines of, “come on, just have a taste, you’ll be fine” and then the next thing you know, you’re purchasing one bottle after another within a week.”Hopefully, Robin Williams drug past will open some doors for those struggling with addictions to get motivated to become sober for good.Sources:http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20140812/many-deal-with-same-mental-health-and-addiction-issues-as-robin-williams http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722538/Robin-Williams-checked-Minnesota-rehab-center-focus-continued-commitment-sobriety-tragic-death.html
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