Did Depression lead David Bowie to Addiction?
When David Bowie succumbed to liver cancer in January of this year he was remembered for his music genius and his rock star lifestyle, which typically included addictions. David Bowie’s addictions were to alcohol and cocaine. Being a musician is an incredibly stressful job, especially when it comes to writing your own music — if you are not in the right state of mind you cannot produce good songs. Musicians, and most other creative professions, create routines or find places that allow them to think creatively and produce the best work possible. Most also rely on substances that stimulate them, the most common and harmless one being coffee. However, increasingly we see famous musicians turning to drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with the demands of their profession. Amy Winehouse is the most prominent example with years of addiction to various drugs, including heroin, which ultimately lead to her death. Many others who actually seek help in getting over addictions to dangerous substances, find that there is a co-occurring disorder that is fuelling their addictions, and after dealing with the underlying issues go on to make a full clean recovery. David Bowie is a shining example — he famously suffered addictions to both cocaine and alcohol before eventually deciding to get clean. Bowie then sought help in rehab clinics, addressed underlying mental health issues that were triggering the addictions and continued to have a successful career post addiction.David Bowie’s addiction struggles were public knowledge. Learn what factors exacerbated them and how he successfully recovered to continue his musical genius.