Denzel Washington Talks About Friend Whitney Houston’s Addiction
Describing Houston as much more than just a pop icon; Denzel referred to the pop icon as a “sweet, sweet girl” and “really just a humble girl.” He recalls working with her on the film The Preacher’s Wife and remembers her as a down-to-earth artist who, like so many others, fell victim to an addiction that overwhelmed her life, her body and her art.
As one of the world’s greatest talents, Whitney Houston came into the spotlight and was a major focus of the mass media for years. These pressures eventually got to her, and addiction to drugs and alcohol overtook her career. Drug treatment failed to help. She attended addiction rehab several times with some success, but ultimately lost her fight in February, 2012, when she was found unresponsive in her Beverly Hills hotel room.
In the case of celebrity addiction, treatment can be tricky. In my opinion, when someone is obviously struggling with addiction—their recovery should be made the highest of priorities. Social activities, career and even awards must be put on hold. In the grand scheme of things, addiction is a life or death matter. Drug treatment should always come first, especially in the case of a celebrity or high profile individual with access to frequently abused substances.
For many, the fact that Houston died at such a young age was somewhat of a wake-up call. Drugs and alcohol are, essentially, poisons and toxic chemicals. After years and years of substance abuse, an addict’s body may not be able to put up a fight anymore. Sadly, this was the case for the singer who lost her battle with addiction at age 48. It’s to bad a more successful drug treatment program was not pursued.