Amy Winehouse Released From London Hospital After Claim Of Prescription Medication Reaction

Amy Winehouse's release from London hospital for suspected prescription drug reaction brings attention to her current drug and alcohol problems, as well as, those common of so many young people today.
By: Valerie Heidt
July 30, 2008 - PRLog -- For more information contact:

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DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA— Grammy Award winning singer Amy Winehouse was released from University College London Hospital following an adverse reaction to medication that was allegedly prescribed to help the troubled singer kick her drug habit.  Spokesman Chris Goodman said she merely suffered a reaction to the medication, but a medical source stated the ambulance was dispatched on a priority drug overdose call.

Paramedics arrived at the 24-year-old singer’s home after she suffered multiple convulsions.  After more than 40 minutes examining Winehouse, the paramedics took her to the hospital where she remained overnight for observation.  Just last month, Winehouse was admitted to the hospital for breathing troubles and diagnosed with emphysema, a lung disease many believe has been caused by her chronic crack abuse.  Her father Mitch was then quoted in a local London paper, saying, “…doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs it won’t just ruin her voice, it will kill her.”  Indeed, it was only in August of last year that Winehouse overdosed on a suspected cocktail of heroin, cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy and alcohol, at that time, she was again rushed to the hospital and had her stomach pumped.

Raye Cosbert, Winehouse’s manager since 2006, believes the drug abuse is a result of her inability to handle the pressures of fame.  “She feels deeply uncomfortable in the world of VIP celebrity. It’s unfortunate that you can’t teach somebody how to deal with fame.”  Another rising star, Shia LaBeouf, also made headlines this weekend when his truck was rolled in a DUI related crash.

Alcohol and drug dependency is typically the result of underlying issues.  While genetics can contribute to a person’s susceptibility to alcohol and drug addiction, major factors include child and adult trauma, chemical imbalance and the inability to handle life on life’s terms.  Young people are especially susceptible to alcoholism and drug abuse given natural curiosity and an inherent desire to be accepted.  Contrary to popular belief, alcohol or drug dependency does not always take years to develop.  The potency of street drugs like heroin and meth (methamphetamines, crystal meth, crank) can lead to instant addiction with devastating results.

Most people in their 20s that come to SouthCoast Recovery struggle with the idea of lifelong sobriety at such a young age.  The idea of having fun without the social outlet of drugs and alcohol seems not only improbable, but impossible.  “Life is over” or “I’ll never have fun again” are typical client remarks heard when they first enter the doors at SouthCoast Recovery.  But being rushed to the hospital for a drug overdose is not “fun” – it’s a cry for help.

At SouthCoast Recovery, it’s about living! SouthCoast Recovery is proud to be nation’s leading drug and alcohol rehab center with specialized 30, 60, 90-day and 6 month residential treatment programs in southern California.  SouthCoast Recovery has eight residential homes throughout Orange County, and offers the finest clinical and medical care available with advanced holistic treatment methods and individualized attention to improve overall well-being.  SouthCoast Recovery also offers one-on-one clinical therapy, acupuncture and massage, as well as, educational modules and 12-step based support all designed to work in a synergistic manner, helping young people and adults get sober and stay sober…and have fun in the process.

Alcohol and drug dependency doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it go away overnight.  It takes courage, dedication and the caring support of a team of professionals to help an individual recover from alcohol and drug addiction.  A large majority of the staff members at SouthCoast Recovery have suffered from addiction and now stand as a testament to an individual’s ability to break free.  SouthCoast Recovery offers specialized programs for those 18 and over that need help to recover from alcohol and drug addiction.

For more information about SouthCoast Recovery’s entire program visit or call (866) 847-4506 and speak with one of their phone representatives 24 hrs a day.

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