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Back to Black: Amy and addiction

Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary was released on 3 July, and covers the issues that lead to her tragic death raise discussion about addiction.

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The movie portrays the person Amy Winehouse behind the tragedies that plagued her career. From her troubles with love and relationships, the paparazzi and her addictions, this documentary offers a close look at the real Amy.

While her career as a singer appeared to be her main focus, the movie throws a detailed spotlight on the issues that took control of her life, which ultimately lead to her heartbreaking and early death in 2011.

A touching tale

Reviews call it a “desperately sad portrait” of the young 27 year-old singer. It uses materials like interviews, family photos and behind the scenes clips to show us a “touching and harrowing tale” of the talented Amy.

Of course, this movie has a lot of relevance for young people. Tackling issues a lot of people have either experienced first hand or even encountered.

Not just alcohol and drugs

One of the central themes of the movie is the consequences of addiction to alcohol and drugs. Yet other dependencies exist like gambling and sex.

Addictions such as these could affect many types of people in your life; a parent, a sibling or a friend. You could also find yourself suffering from a physical dependency.

Getting help

Addiction can be a very serious problem and can ultimately have a large negative effect on a person, both physically and mentally. The first difficult step towards beating a dependency is admitting you have an addiction.

Since addiction is a very serious issue, anyone looking for further support of any kind should seek out medical or professional assistance.

Be supportive

If you know someone suffering from an addition there are some things that you can do to help. Aim to be a strong support and assure them you’ll be there during the rehabilitation process.

The road to rehabilitation is very difficult and requires all-round support from friends and family and willpower.

Just remember to take it one step at a time.

If you have experienced issues with addiction or know someone with an addiction, let us know below in the comments how that makes you feel.