"Although Amy Winehouse’s voice was indisputably unique, there was really nothing unusual about her addiction," writes the popular TV personality.
The Oscar-nominated documentary Amy takes an honest look at an incredible singing talent who was also suffering from a common chronic disease. Although Amy Winehouse’s voice was indisputably unique, there was really nothing unusual about her addiction. Like so many other addicts living in the glare of celebrity, Amy needed to be treated like everyone else. It’s easy to place celebrities on a pedestal and believe that their problem stems from the special circumstances of celebrity, therefore their treatment requires special handling, but through years of experience, I’ve learned the opposite is true.
Contrary to what many believe, the white-hot light of fame wasn’t the problem for Amy, her disease was. This wonderful documentary heartbreakingly chronicles the missed opportunities for appropriate care for a young woman in the throes of severe psychiatric illness. Many addicts typically have adverse childhood experiences and trauma — for Amy, her parents’ divorce, feelings of paternal abandonment and lack of boundaries from her primary caretakers resulted in difficulty in regulated emotions, particularly negative emotions. Again, like so many that seek relief in drugs, meds or a bottle, addiction is the solution that becomes the problem.