Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and now Amy Winehouse, are just some of the talented musicians who prematurely lost their lives to drugs or alcohol.
Whether it was the result of a bad cocktail, an overdose, or an ongoing struggle with addiction, the loss of their art has left a heavy void.
In the case of Amy Winehouse, we watched her struggle with addiction play out in the tabloids. And anyone who understands addiction knows that despite the outlook, the stretches of sobriety along the way are considered successes.
That’s why Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, painfully expressed his sadness at his daughter’s funeral, saying that, “Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency. The doctors said it was impossible, but she really did it.”
In honor of Amy’s struggle and all those fighting the same war with addiction, Mitch announced that he has plans to start a foundation that will help those with the same disease.
“If you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help,” Mitch Winehouse said at Amy’s funeral.
His public outcry at the wait time for those waiting to check into rehab has prompted a stir.
Accoring to The Telegraph, Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, today pledged to back Mr. Winehouse’s campaign and investigate the speed of access to rehab.