Working in the field addiction in my personal life, I know this to be a very common situation with addicts. What kills people suffering with substance abuse is either an overdose (often taking place after a period of sobriety) or the after effects of years of abuse on the body such as Hepatitis, HIV, heart attacks, etc. Alcohol and Benzos are two of the trickiest drugs to detox from because they are the only ones where you can actually die from the withdrawal. Alcohol detox can lead to something very dangerous called Delirium Tremors or DTs which can be fatal. If not properly monitored by a physician, it can be easy to die from alcohol withdrawal and perhaps this is what happened in Amy Winehouse’s case.
As strange as it seems, the “Rehab” songstress’ system had become so dependent on booze, her cold turkey approach to quitting could have been too much for her to take. An inside source explained,
“Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”
Mitch Winehouse discussed the possibility during her funeral. He said
“Doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely. Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take.”
I find it appalling that doctors advised Amy to taper off of booze. She should have either gone inpatient or been on an outpatient program with comfort medications and daily followups depending on her level of abuse. Honestly, the doctor that prescribed a taper and did nothing else for her should be held liable in my opinion as that is poor medicine. How can you prescribe that to someone who has a problem controlling her in take. If she could control her alcohol intake and take less she wouldn’t have been an addict in the first place. Her family may have a case for malpractice and this tragedy is not just on Amy for her addiction but it is on the doctor for not providing better care when his/her patient asked for help.