By John E. Carey
A suburban housewife said to me yesterday, “What happened to Britney Spears, all of a sudden.”
The answer is: Nothing.
Like most drug and alcohol abusers, the decline for Britney was prolonged, obvious and intense.
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court on Friday awarded Spears’ father control of his daughter’s affairs following her admission to a hospital psychiatric unit for evaluation, officials said.
The real question that faces all of us when we see such a decline in our own midst is: what can we do to help?
The answer is: Intervention.
Intervention is the loving act of saying enough is enough.
Even in our society that promotes freedom above practically all else there are times to say “Stop.”
“Enough already” may be the phrase that allows life to continue or, for some, return.
If you see wild and crazy abuse right before your nose, you are doing God’s work to help find solutions.
And intervention does not, to me, mean one visit to one doctor. Taking a serious drug and alcohol abuser for a doctor’s “visit” is like taking your car with a steering problem to “Jiffy Lube.” At both places you’ll leave in an hour with a fluid change.
Meaning the doctor will send the abuser/alcoholic to the pharmacy: which is often the wrong course of action.
And you won’t get your steering fixed.
A friend of mine who runs a treatment center called “The Manor House,” one Bill Alexander, said to me once, “Doctors are killing alcohol and drug users every day.”
One of the “treatment” drugs is often Xanax.
Xanax can kill an alcoholic.
Steve Hayes, the Director of Novus Detox said, “We see it every day.”
Steve had been speaking to a man with a problem similar to Brit’s.
“His life is falling apart,” Steve told me. “This is a guy that relied on medical doctors and trusted the drug companies.”
Intervention takes some work. But it won’t take you as long as the serious drug or alcohol user has invested in ruination.
The article below appeared in 2006. It is a reminder that everyone knew Britney was in trouble — even then and probably before.
Brit was recently spotted by fellow club-goers in a restaurant bathroom with a purse full of pills, including an anti-depressant, Paxil, and an anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Britney is said to have been popping Xanax like it’s hot – right in front of everyone.
“It looked like a freaking pharmacy in there – I have never seen so many pills,” says a witness. “There was a bottle of Paxil, an antidepressant, and a bottle of , which treats anxiety, that she took out and put on the counter.”
You’re probably not supposed to mix those drugs, and you’re definitely not supposed to drink while using them.
While both drugs mentioned above are legal if you have a prescription, somehow T.H. Gossip doubts Brit got them from her primary care physician. It’s far more likely Paris Hilton’s pool guy smuggled them up from Tijuana.
This is only the latest event in the ever-evolving Britney Spears train wreck.
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