Amy Winehouse's death a lesson?

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Amy Winehouse's death a lesson?
Sat, 07-23-2011 - 2:10pm

Hi all, We've just been reading/hearing/seeing things about Amy Winehouse's death this morning and my teen daughter seems to be very affected by it all. Can you give me any advice on how to handle this? I want to use it as an opportunity to talk more with her about drugs and addiction but she gives me the "Mooooom, I know!"

Such a tragedy to see this happen. I have to admit that I too feel a little sad about this. She was such a talented singer, but obviously a troubled soul.

Thanks, Norma

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Sat, 07-23-2011 - 6:35pm
It is sad, because it seems so preventable. It's such a senseless loss, so awful that she wasn't able to overcome her addiction. Maybe you could try talking about how not to take life for granted, that drugs and alcohol can take so much away from it. She could have had such a bright future :(
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Sat, 07-23-2011 - 6:48pm


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Sat, 07-23-2011 - 8:17pm


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Sun, 07-24-2011 - 12:44pm
I agree with all this and just want to add that another measure to help your kids to not go down the road to addiction is to address any emotional issues they might have or be developing. From my own personal experiences (wild adolescence and early adult life; have known many addicts) and from watching shows like Intervention, it seems that the truly devastating addiction stems from trauma, abuse, and/or mental health issues. The addicting drug is used to self-medicate against the pain they are feeling, rather than more positive measures such as therapy.

I guess what I want to add is that if your (general you, of course) kids are troubled, get them help before they begin a spiral of self-medication that will lead them to a possibly deadly addiction.
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Sun, 07-24-2011 - 4:51pm

This is a great point!

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 8:32am

I couldn't agree more!

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 1:43pm

This really was heartbreaking to hear.

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