Friday will mark exactly one year since the supernaturally talented pop icon Prince was found dead in his compound just outside Minneapolis due to an apparent painkiller overdose. As more and more time passes, old wounds are once again being opened in the form of new court documents that illustrating the scope and severity of Prince’s opioid addiction and the lengths he went to keep it from the important people in his life. a sizable amount” of painkillers was found around Prince’s Paisley Park compound, and the artist did not have prescriptions for them, according to The New York Times. Some of the pills were concealed in containers for over-the-counter medications like vitamin and aspirin bottles, a common tactic of those looking to hide their excessive painkiller use.
One of Prince’s doctors admits to prescribing the musician oxycodone a week before his death, but writing it under Prince’s friend’s name for what he claims were privacy reasons. To date, nobody has been charged or connected with the fentanyl supply that, according to records, actually killed Prince. Many of the artist’s friends say that he was struggling with debilitating that may have initially led to his painkiller use, and that after things spiraled out of control, they tried getting him into treatment.
An Extraordinary Figure with a Tragically Ordinary Problem
Although the news of his death was a shock to the world, Prince’s apparent attempt to cover up his painkiller abuse is something to which far too many of us can closely relate. When addiction takes hold, it completely alters brain chemistry to that point at which addicts will go to great lengths to cover up their use in an effort to escape judgment and confrontation. Other users feel inclined to hide their painkiller abuse because of the fear and shame they may feel about succumbing to addiction in the first place. Many painkiller addiction sufferers start abusing these drugs while taking them for a legitimate medical condition. They wind up in over their heads and it’s hard for these people, who have lived their whole lives without even thinking about addiction, to admit they have a problem.
You Don’t Have to Struggle in Secret
Among other realities, Prince’s death reinforced the palpable shame painkiller abusers feel that prevents so many from getting treatment and moving forward in their lives. If there is any bizarre and perverse silver lining in the growth of painkiller addiction rates in the United States, it’s that people are finding themselves less and less alone. This epidemic affects millions of Americans and that number is only increasing. You don’ have to be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Don’t let the stigma of drug addiction stop you from reclaiming your life. If you or someone you care about are struggling with opioid painkillers or any other type of addiction, seek the appropriate treatment immediately. It’s never too late to fight back against addiction and repair your life and relationships with your family.