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Back to "Rehab" for Amy Winehouse?

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Sara Bellum

Many of you probably heard that the European tour just launched by the talented Amy Winehouse has been canceled after fans watched the diva stumble under the lights in Serbia. Reports say audience members in Belgrade booed her off the stage Saturday night just a few songs into the first concert of the tour when she couldn’t even remember the lyrics to her own songs. The Grammy winner was scheduled for a dream tour—to Istanbul, Athens, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Romania—but those dates have all been cancelled. The Serbian media called the concert a "scandal," with Belgrade’s daily newspaper calling it "the worst performance in the history of Belgrade."

It is ironic that Amy Winehouse became famous for her song "Rehab," where she sang: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'No, no, no.'" After the song became a hit, she actually said “yes” to drug and alcohol rehab in London, where she stayed for a month. If she has turned again to drugs, people will ask the same questions about if rehab works, and why big stars risk everything for drugs…

We’ve talked about rehab before, but Amy Winehouse’s struggle highlights what rehab is all about: addiction is a chronic disease, which means it has to be managed throughout your whole life. People relapse to drug addiction just like they do with other chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. To successfully treat a chronic disease, you have to change deeply imbedded behaviors—and that takes practice. For example, a diabetic has to learn how to manage a restricted diet, just as a person struggling with addiction has to learn how to manage cravings. Relapse does not mean treatment failure, but that treatment needs to be adjusted or changed altogether.

Sadly, many people are able to hide their addiction from the world and never get help. For famous people, every slip is recorded by fans and posted for millions to see. But famous or not, being successful in recovery takes a lot of support—which it sounds like Amy Winehouse has. Her representative put out this statement: "Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen."

R.I.P Amy Winehouse 1983-2011


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Always sad to see one more celebrity fall through the cracks. Hopefully she will get the help she needs and she has the true desire to stay recovered. Thanks.

I agree she needs help and soon. It is terribly sad to see that the life of a famous person come to a scratching holt. Life is not that bad to us but to them they are in hell [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

I’ve been absent for a long time, but now I recall exactly why I used to love this blog. Many thanks, I’ll try to check back on a regular basis. How often do you update it?…
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R.I.P {[if only she stayed away she would still be here.}]i miss her

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i take that back she knew not to do it so she got whast she got

missy13bromnze dont say that because you could be next and maybe she didnt have nobody to talk to about her addiction so yeah . and im a recoverying addict and i still need help so next time think befor you say missy

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