Those who live with addicts often struggle to cope with the fact that they cannot force their loved one to attend a drug detox or rehabilitation programme. There is not much that can be done for someone in terms of addiction recovery unless this person actually wants to change and get better for themselves. Those who do feel forced or pressured into a drug detox and rehab programme can be resentful and may not put in the effort required to beat their addiction once and for all. This can be heart-breaking for loved ones and often relationships suffer, with some being damaged beyond repair.
It is tough to live with someone who is struggling with any type of addiction. Watching the person that you love effectively destroying his or her life and knowing you cannot do anything to help is very tough. The effect on family members can be devastating.
Some people will become co-dependent and find that their life begins to revolve around the addict and their illness. Others will become angry and resentful and will eventually break free from their addicted loved one to allow them to get on with their own lives.
One man who knows exactly what it is like to watch someone they love destroyed by addiction is George Michael’s former partner, Kenny Goss.
Kenny and George dated for thirteen years before breaking up in 2009. Kenny said that drugs destroyed their relationship and he spent much of their time together desperately trying to get the star to beat his addiction. He said, “I would find drugs and flush everything down the toilet, thinking: ‘If I just get rid of it he won’t get more’. He was absent-minded, so would just think he’d lost them.”
In an interview with The Sun, he also spoke about how George never thought he would die young, despite him suffering with poor health in recent years. He added, “I don’t think George necessarily thought he’d die young, but every time I looked into his eyes I thought, ‘My God, I’m losing you, what is going on?’. When I confronted him, he never denied it, never apologised.”
Kenny acknowledges that he struggled with alcohol himself and that George was quite hard on him because of it.
George died on Christmas Day 2016 of natural causes, but he was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, fatty liver, and myocarditis at the time of his death. George had a history of substance abuse and had been arrested several times for driving under the influence. He was said to have struggled with an addiction to prescription medication.
Most people assume that celebrities like George Michael have it all and would never need to resort to substances such as drugs or alcohol. However, addiction is a problem for many individuals who live their lives under public scrutiny.
While many manage to overcome their addictions with drug detox and rehabilitation, others continue to struggle because they do not want to reveal the extent of their problems. Many of these will try to hide their illness for fear of it destroying their careers.
It is the same for those who are not living their lives in the spotlight. The stigma attached to addiction often prevents them from reaching out for help. They worry that they will be judged or thought less of for having an addiction makes them continue with their addictive behaviour instead of asking for help.
Another reason some people fail to reach out for help is that they believe beating addiction will be too difficult. They have heard stories about it being a long and painful process and are worried that they will not cope. However, with the right help and support, anyone can overcome their illness.
Here at UKAT, we have helped many countless individuals to beat their addictions. With our drug detox and rehabilitation programmes at our many clinics, patients can find the strength required to get clean and sober once and for all.
Our clinics are staffed by dedicated and fully trained professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that all patients get the help they need to get better. Many of our staff have their own addiction experiences, which allows them to offer first-hand advice and guidance on how to get better. They are also living proof that even the most severe addictions can be beaten.
If you would like more information on any of our programmes, or if you are interested in an alcohol or drug detox for yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We are waiting to take your call.
Source: (Pink News) George Michael’s ex-partner Kenny Goss reveals extent of singer’s drug addiction
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