“My mom struggled with drug addiction and mental health problems her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” said American actress Billie Lourd, while speaking about her mother, Carrie Fisher’s, death. According to the coroner’s report, Fisher had traces of cocaine and other drugs in her system, when she fell ill on a plane, last December. The “Star Wars” actress was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles, where she died four days later. Though the coroner’s officials could not point to the exact impact of the drugs on her death, they did cite sleep apnea and a host of several other factors that might have resulted in her death.
Lourd, who rose to fame for her role in the horror-comedy series, “Scream Queen,” said that while her mother struggled with drug addiction and mental illnesses, it was her father, Bryan Lourd, who helped her lead a balanced childhood. As the 25-year-old recalled memories of her mother, she spoke about her efforts to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental disorders. She said her mother wanted her death to serve as a reminder for people to discard the shame attached to these ailments and speak openly about their problems. Lourd reiterated her mother’s words that social stigmas preventing afflicted individuals from seeking help are the obstacles to a mentally healthier nation. These stumbling blocks need to be eliminated by seeking support and state funding for mental health programs.
Fisher grappled with bipolar disorder (BD) and addiction since the late 1970s, a time when most Americans looked down upon anybody who admitted their mental disorders. Unable to talk about her plight to anybody, in spite of her rising stardom and increasing circle of fans and followers, Fisher was plunged into the dark world of party drugs to alleviate her symptoms. As a result, she got hooked on cocaine, which exacerbated her existing BD. In fact, in a 2007 interview with Stephen Fry, Fisher admitted abusing opioid painkillers, such as Percodan, to cope with her manic periods. Additionally, she self-medicated her deteriorating condition with cocaine, which finally led her to death.
Fisher had a longtime tryst with drugs and mental illness. She confessed smoking weed at the age of 13 years, using LSD by the time she was 21 years and struggling with BD at 24 years.
Drug abuse and mental illness are two facets of the same coin
Mental illness and drug abuse often overlap each other. On the surface, they might appear to be unequivocal but in reality, they feed on each other, and often, the afflicted individuals find themselves sucked into a whirlpool of comorbidities without any clue of what is happening to them. Further, the symptoms of one disorder generally mimic the symptoms of the other. Therefore, a careful assessment by a mental health expert, is needed to confirm the presence of a co-occurring disorder, so that an accurate treatment plan can be designed to give a new lease of life to the afflicted individual.
The need of the hour is to provide continuous care from trained medical professionals and administer customized treatments to help comorbid patients recover from their conditions. Concurrent malaises require an all-inclusive approach to treatment, which can single out and examine each ailment and treat it simultaneously.
Dual diagnosis can be treated
Individuals battling comorbidity can avail the benefits of top dual diagnosis treatment centers in California. Patients can be administered one-to-one and group psychotherapy, or other time-tested therapeutic solutions to break free from the clutches of coexisting disorders.
Sovereign Health’s dual diagnosis treatment centers in California is equipped to handle even complex cases of co-occurring disorders. Our multidisciplinary team provides a full diagnostic assessment, design customized treatment plans and ensure utmost care during the recovery process of the patient. If you or your loved one is struggling with drug addiction, in addition to any mental disorders, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online to know about our state-of-the-art dual diagnosis residential treatment centers spread across California and other states of the U.S.