Robin Williams’ death last week, of an apparent suicide, highlighted several issues near and dear to our hearts as behavioral health advisors. Williams had, through years of endearing himself in the hearts and minds of millions, struggled long and hard with addiction. He went through drug treatment programs, alcoholism treatment programs, and everything that tends to come along with them but in the end it all came up short in one key way. The depression that was at the heart of his addictions was not fully addressed.
While no one can fully guarantee the success of an addiction treatment program we are more equipped than ever to address not just the surface issues but their source. Each year newer more personalized variations on old treatment methods come up. As a culture we are better at dealing with addiction and depression than ever before, yet we still sometimes come up short.
The important takeaway is that there are resources to get you out of addiction and depression. Sometimes making the call is hard but it is always worth it. Had someone been given the chance Robin Williams might still be alive today. Before you do anything drastic give us the chance to help.