29 May 2017

How Addiction Takes a Toll on Relationships

Losing a loved one at any time is difficult, but losing someone you love to addiction can be heart-breaking. This type of illness can consume an individual to the point where it takes over their life and results in lasting damage. The longer a person abuses substances such as drugs or alcohol, the higher the toll it will take on their body; unless he or she gets addiction treatment, it could result in irreversible damage.

Sometimes, even those who do get addiction treatment will be unable to recover fully and may continue to abuse drugs or alcohol, despite knowing the damage it is causing to their health and their life. For those left behind, it can be difficult to understand why the person they loved so dearly was unable to overcome their illness.

Does Addiction Affect Relationships?

George Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss has been left devastated at the passing of the star; he has spoken of how their fifteen-year relationship ended as a result of drug addiction and alcoholism. He said that even though George had a troubled life, he always described himself as a ‘lucky b*****d’.

Appearing on This Morning, Kenny told hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that his relationship with George was filled with addiction issues. He said, “George was one of the most honest people I’ve ever met; sometimes I’d say enough, he kept nothing from me; I admire him for it.”

However, he did admit that George tried to keep his substance use a secret, adding, “He probably wasn’t as honest about drugs – he knew how I felt about it.”

Kenny also spoke of his own issues with alcohol saying that they both had problems. Despite their issues resulting in the end of their relationship, Kenny acknowledged that the pair had ended things on good terms and were still friends. He said, “There was no big break-up, there was no anger, no hostility, and I worried about him until the day he died. We spoke maybe a month before his death. Normally I spoke with George when he was in a good place, one of the first things he’d say to me is ‘darling, how is your recovery’.”

George and Kenny’s break-up was amicable, but this is often not the case when addiction is involved. In cases where one partner has an addiction and the other does not, relationships can be negatively affected. In some instances, these relationships can be damaged beyond repair.

Could Kenny Have Saved George?

This Morning Philip wanted to know if Kenny felt that George could have been saved if the pair had stayed together, to which Kenny replied, “A psychiatrist told me once; he said, ‘I think you’re the only reason he lives’. Maybe we both would’ve been dead, who the hell knows. I did the best to help him, he did the best to help me with alcoholism.”

He added, “To me he was always just George. I very quickly forgot about the fame; we just had a normal life, we lived together, took it in my stride. I don’t think he liked being famous at all, it was very difficult for him, especially in his younger years. Every morning we’d spend a couple of hours talking about his thoughts on politics – he was one the of the brightest guys I know.”

Raising Awareness for Charity

Kenny said the only reason he decided to speak out about his relationship with the star was to raise awareness of mental health. He said, “George said he was a lucky b*****d and wanted to do what he could to give back to charity. He was a very generous guy. I did this primarily for charity, so I spoke out and did interviews. We use our foundation to raise money for other charities and we’ve done really well to help other charities. This is mental health week, but one of the things I want everyone to know is addiction is a disease, it’s not a choice.”

Can You Beat Addiction?

It is never easy to beat an addiction and those affected often find they are unable to reach out for help. This is particularly true for those who believe that doing so will affect their career. The stigma that is still attached to addiction often prevents individuals from accessing addiction treatment due to shame or embarrassment, and many believe they will be judged.

Here at UKAT, we have helped many people to overcome their addictions. Our excellent programmes help patients to get a clearer understanding of addiction and why they have been affected. Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure that patients leave here with the tools and skills required to enjoy independent sober living and to avoid a relapse in the future.

If you would like more information on our addiction treatment programmes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Source: (Daily Mail) George Michael’s ex Kenny Goss speaks out on their rollercoaster relationship… as This Morning hosts are forced to apologise for his swearing

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