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Blige, Queen of Hip Hop talks about twin demons of addiction and depression
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Noted American singer, songwriter and actress Mary Jane Blige is the latest addition to the list of celebrities who have decided to openly talk about their mental health problems. Dubbed the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul,” the extremely talented record producer suffered from comorbidity of depression and addiction during a major portion of her life.

During an interview with MAKERS, Blige said how her flair for singing helped her mentally and emotionally escape the traumatic situation she found herself trapped in. Recollecting her difficult childhood in the Bronx, Blige said, “I felt like I had wings. Like I could fly and get away from any situation, like I was alive.”

While celebrating the 25th anniversary of her multi-platinum debut What’s the 411? Blige added, “People want to buy your records, they want to see you. But, people in the neighborhood want to kill you for it. So you plucked this girl from the hood and throw her in all of this stuff and so, she’s going to survive the only way she knows how. I was resorting to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain.”

Reiterating how depression and addiction are rampant among celebrities, Blige said that she continued to feel distressed and hopeless though it looked hunky-dory from the outside. Opposed to most other celebrities who find it difficult to handle all the glam and fame they attain in a short period and consequently get depressed, Blige’s roots of depression lay in the abuse she had suffered as a child.

Blige confessed that when she won her first Grammy in 1995, she was already drinking heavily and snorting cocaine. In her second album My Life, she frantically looked for help through her music. Blige’s constant battle with depression lent her the necessary voice that she needed, resulting in scores of fans buying her records. Blige’s music became a manifestation of depression and oppression she had been dealing with and, somehow, helped her choose life above the rest.

Seeking recovery

Celebrities in the U.S. have always been fantasized about and their lives subject to constant scrutiny. While this raises expectations regarding one’s performance, it can also result in a lot of undue stress that may cause them to become dependent on illicit substances to deal with all the adulation and the need to be perfect all the time.

While Blige’s faith in God might have helped her overcome depression and subsequent addictive habits, it also stresses on the need to seek timely treatment at dual diagnosis rehab centers for those living with co-occurring disorders. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 8 million people aged 18 years and above had both a mental problem and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring disorders.

Simultaneous problems of addiction and mental disorder can be complex and hence, their treatment process is equally challenging. Experts recommend treatment of both the conditions to ensure complete recovery. Sovereign Health of El Paso, Texas specializes in treating all kinds of dual diagnosis problems. Our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas aid in the quick recovery of patients suffering from co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about the nature of programs available in our rehab centers in your vicinity. Timely treatment can help in avoiding other complications arising from dual diagnosis.

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