17 January 2017

Did George Michael Have a Prescription Drug Addiction?

There are many reasons individuals choose to abuse substances such as alcohol or drugs. Some people drink to block out painful memories while others do so because they are deeply unhappy. And, while many believe that addiction is an illness that affects people from a certain background or those who are ‘weak’ or ‘bad’, this is certainly not the case. In fact, recent reports are suggesting that pop superstar George Michael was suffering from a prescription drug addiction before he tragically died on Christmas Day.


A former lover of the star has revealed that George told him that he was desperately unhappy and that he was addicted to anti-depressants. Carlos Arturo Ortiz says that he was worried about George Michael over the past year and that he feared the worst. He said, “I had an intuitive feeling about it last year. And it seems very coincidental to me that he was found dead on Christmas Day because he told me he hated Christmas as there were never any children around. For me it is, sadly, a possibility he may have overdosed.”

Initial tests on the body of the late singer were ‘inconclusive’, but since his death, rumours have been swirling around that he had been struggling with a devastating prescription drug addiction for many years. Further tests are to be carried out on his body.


Carlos has now spoken about his friendship with the star and his fears about the singer’s frame of mind. He said, “George’s death knocked me sideways, although it didn’t surprise me. I found him a lovely down-to-earth man, but also a very melancholic person who I feared might one day take his own life. He told me he was addicted to anti-depressant medicine and trying to wean himself off it and confessed he was unhappy. We talked about his superstar status, and I told him I thought that with his fame and talent and money he had all he needed to be happy in life. But when he started talking about the anti-depressants he took, I asked him outright if he was happy in life and he replied, ‘No, I’m not’.”


It is often the case that those with fame and wealth are perceived as ‘having it all’, but many people who live their lives in the spotlight are deeply unhappy. George is not the first celebrity to be plagued by addiction.

Carlos said that during his night with George, the pair spoke about a lot of subjects, including other famous celebs before talk turned to the star’s use of anti-depressants and his apparent unhappiness. Carlos added, “He said he was no longer with his long-term partner Kenny Goss, but that they were still living in the same house together. He asked me to spend time with him in the UK, but I said I didn’t think it appropriate while he was still living with an ex. I think he liked me and was looking to spend time with someone whose company he enjoyed.”

Carlos also revealed that he witnessed George taking what he believes to be drugs that night, but he said, “I didn’t ask him what they were and we never talked about it. They didn’t alter his mood particularly. All he drank apart from the champagne was Coca-Cola, which he told me he downed by the gallon and was addicted to along with chocolate.”

Documented Struggles

During his time in the spotlight, George has had many struggles; it was well documented that he battled with an addiction to cannabis, which saw him in trouble with the police on several occasions. In 2010, while under the influence of cannabis, he crashed his car into a shop and was sentenced to eight weeks in jail.

He also struggled with his sexuality, with rumours of him being gay circulating for many years before he finally admitted the truth. In fact, he only came out as gay after being caught in a ‘lewd act’ in a public toilet in Los Angeles in 1998.

He was left fighting for his life after being struck down by pneumonia in 2011, and when he fell from the passenger seat of his car onto the busy M1, rumours began to circulate that he had been attempting suicide. The star denied these claims and said he was adjusting the door of the car when he fell.

Carlos said, “It’s so sad drugs destroyed such a great talent and a wonderful person like George. So many superstars have tragically gone the way he has. His life shows that money can’t buy you everything. It can buy you material things, but not happiness. And drugs can take it all away.”

Tackling Addiction with Early Intervention

It is often hard for people to comprehend the fact that prescription medication can be addictive and that it has the potential to destroy lives. If you are worried that you may have a prescription drug addiction, contact us here at UKAT today. The earlier you deal with your issues, the best chance you have at a full recovery.

We have experience in treating those with all types of addictions, including prescription drug addiction. Our programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual to ensure that patients will can overcome their illness once and for all.

Source: George Michael’s lover says singer was so unhappy he became hooked on chocolate, pills and Coca-Cola (Mirror.co.uk)

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