The tragic news of Amy Winehouse’s death took many of her fans by surprise. She was an extremely talented artist and has been credited with revitalising soul music and putting British music back on the map. Unfortunately, in the last few years of her life Amy Winehouse became as famous for her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction as for her music.
Amy Winehouse recently died at age 27, joining the infamous ‘27 Club’. Many other well-known musicians died when they were 27, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Jim Morrison to name a few. The members of the 27 Club had something in common besides their age; they all had alcohol or drug addictions at the time of their deaths. Is 27 a dangerous age for musicians, or is the real cause of their deaths that these young people have not had the support they needed to overcome their addictions?
27 can be a difficult age for other reasons, too. It’s common for people to undertake re-evaluations of their lives around age 30; they experience the ‘30 crisis’. That stage of life often feels like a fork in the road; people are old enough and experienced enough to evaluate whether their lives are on the right track, but still young enough to make major life changes. Questions arise about whether their careers, relationships, and lifestyle are right for them. Are they living the life they want to be living? That self-exploration can be an extremely unsettling process and can sometimes feel quiet frightening.
Success and wealth over no protection against the ‘30 crisis’ and the uncomfortable feelings that go along with it. Is it possible that Amy Winehouse and other members of the 27 Club were relying on drugs and alcohol to quell the confusion and anxiety caused by that stage of life? It may be that their drug and alcohol abuse increased in their late 20s due to the ‘30 crisis’, ultimately leading to their deaths.
Support is an essential part of recovering from addictions, as well as for dealing with the questions that arise when people begin re-examining their lives. The team at Paul the Counsellor provides confidential, caring, non-judgemental support for addictions and for the difficult process of self-discovery during the ‘30 crisis’ or any other stage of life. Counselling can be a powerful aid, whether used alone or in conjunction with rehab treatment. Experienced and caring counsellors like members of the Paul the Counsellor team may help prevent tragedies like the death of Amy Winehouse in the future.
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