Sample Psychology Case Studies Paper on Celebrity Drug Addiction: Case Study Amy Winehouse

Celebrity Drug Addiction: Case Study Amy Winehouse

21st-century pop culture is awash with imageries as well as well documented stories of addiction as well as rehabilitation. As indicated by Griffiths (2011), addiction has growingly become a culturally recurring perception that has seen its limits extend form substance dependence to a diversity of compulsive behaviors; for example, workaholic, compulsive shopping, and sex addiction. Such dependencies, as well as their recovery stories, have become a hot topic that is discussed in popular memoirs particularly in tabloid articles and television talk shows where the famous get a chance to confess their innermost secrets that led to some sort of addiction. However, this is an option for the fortunate as some celebrities die in the process of struggle such as the story of singer Amy Winehouse.

Male artists in the entertainment industry have conventionally been infamous for their unwarranted and reckless lifestyles, which have led to an early grave. Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison (1943-1971) are but some of the names that make up celebrities who died at age 27 due to drug abuse. According to Hammersley, Marsland, and Reid (2013) society demanded new and better music is a stressing aspect that has led to music or entertainment artist drug addiction. In the current era, the global audience for music constantly has pushed a majority of artists on the verge of distraction when it comes to the use of drugs. According to a study by Griffiths (2011), unlike the times before and during the 1980s when artists were addicts due to the thrill of the industry the current age of social media use and global music streaming business artists are forced to turn to drugs for solace or a let off. Over the past decade, a number of famous female actors, models, musicians, and political figures have openly disclosed their struggles of fighting addictions Leslie (2011); however, this was not the case of Amy Winehouse. 

Amy Jade Winehouse was born 14 September 1983, to Janis and Mitchell Winehouse. Less than half a decade after releasing her award-winning song “Rehab” Ms. Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning. Despite seeking help from different professionals and hospitals Amy died at age 27 joining the infamous ’27 club’. She was known to suffer from a Bipolar disorder that later manifested as Manic depression. As indicated by Hearsum (2012), depression was initially identified as Ms. Winehouse’s excessive drinking, smoking as well as self-harm. The depression also led to a concerning eating disorder on the form of Bulimia. For years, Amy sorts the use of heroin and Alcohol that led to brain damage, along with overdoses and seizures. AS indicated by Johnstone (2011), Amy would regularly be heavily intoxicated that led to the occasional canceling of her shows because of exhaustion and ill health.

Amy Winehouse: Drug of Choice and Rehabilitatation

Amy Winehouse a multiple drug abuser and was commonly seen with a crack pipe in hand in addition to snorting cocaine while performing. As indicated by Hearsum (2012), at the time of his death, Amy had track marks on her arms and although she died of alcohol intoxication, heroin was known to be her drug of choice. Before her untimely demise, Amy had visited The Focus 12 Clinic in Suffolk for help. As narrated by Johnstone (2011), the clinic was recommended by comedian Russell Brand who had previously battled with heroin addiction himself in 2002.   

Amy’s Psychological and Sociological Life Challenges.

Ms. Winehouse was the only daughter in her family and she received all the attention that she needed. Nevertheless, it was reported that due to her addiction, she had difficulties getting along with her family and close friends particularly when issues regarding her drug abuse were brought up. Additionally, though her former spouse Blake Fielder-Civil introduced her to hard drugs the pair were known to have difficulties that led to a divorce on 6 July 2009, which was later finalized on 28 August 2009 (Hearsum, 2012). During their relationship, Amy was arrested more than twice for common assault against her then-husband, frequently under the influence of alcohol. During her final days, Ms. Winehouse was frequently seen in the streets inebriated and barely clothed. 

Heroin Addiction Program        

Recovery from heroin is considered as one of the most complicated processes in any drug rehabilitation center. As indicated by Johnstone (2011), patients with prolonged use are placed on a program of both behavioral therapies and pharmacological treatments. Firstly, any patent suffering from heroin addiction is placed on a detoxification treatment, which may include the lessening of the withdrawal symptoms, which can include pain, diarrhea, nausea, as well as vomiting. After detoxification, the patient is introduced to a treatment program that includes receptor inhibitors that reverse the effect of the drugs; for instance, Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. The patent is then later taken through various behavioral therapies that allow them to acclimatize to their surroundings such as building a relationship between friends and family members. Additionally, they are taught ways to avoid drug relapses which are much dangerous than the initial addiction.

In summation, addiction has become an aesthetically discussed concept in different platforms particularly by celebrities. However, for Amy Winehouse, this was never the case because addiction led to her premature death at age 27. Amy was a multiple drug abuser but her choice of drug was heroin despite the fact that her cause of death was alcohol poisoning. Ms. Winehouse was known to suffer from a number of mental ailments that led her to seek solace in hard drugs under the influence of her husband. Her addiction led to a variety of biological and social issues that led her to enroll in a rehabilitation center. However, this did not work for her and later she died.

Works Cited

Griffiths, M. D. (2011). Workaholism: A 21st century addiction. The Psychologist: Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 24, 740-744.

Hammersley, R., Marsland, L., & Reid, M. (2013). Substance use by young offenders: the impact of the normalisation of drug use in the early years of the 21st century. London: Home Office.

Hearsum, P. (2012). A musical matter of life and death: the morality of mortality and the coverage of Amy Winehouse’s death in the UK press. Mortality17(2), 182-199.

Johnstone, N. (2011). Amy Amy Amy: The Amy Winehouse Story: The Amy Winehouse Story. Omnibus Press.

Leslie, L. Z. (2011). Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO.