Celebrity chef, TV show host and author Anthony Bourdain, 61, who died recently in his hotel room in France from apparent suicide was always open about his struggles with addiction, loneliness and depression.
His body was discovered by a close friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert on June 8, 2018. Bourdain was in France shooting for an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” currently airing its 11th season. The French authorities have cited the reason for his death as suicide, while there are others like Rose McGowan who claim that depression triggered his death.
Bourdain was always known for his outspoken behavior – he had never feared from speaking openly about his substance addiction in the past and the ways it affected the larger restaurant industry. In his best-selling book “Kitchen Confidential” from 2000, he had written extensively about the use of drugs like heroin in kitchens and how he fell into the clutches of depression that only worsened due to substance abuse.
Bourdain recovered from substance addiction during 80s
Bourdain developed addiction to drugs like heroin, cocaine and alcohol during his childhood days and finally decided to recover from it in the 80s. Having decided that he “wanted to live”, Bourdain chose to abstain from drugs. During an interview, he said, “I got off of heroin in the 1980s. Friends of mine from the ‘70s and ‘80s, they just got off five, six, maybe 10 years ago. And we’re the lucky ones. We made it out alive. There are a lot of guys that didn’t get that far.”
In 2016, Bourdain had hinted at his fight against depression during an episode of “Parts Unknown.” When he said, “Welcome to the dark crannies of my skull.” He even revealed that the most insignificant parts of his life triggered the symptoms of depression, which, in turn, would last for days.
Mickey Bakst, the general manager of Charleston Grill in South Carolina and the cofounder of “Ben’s Friends”, a support group for recovering addicts in the food and beverage industries, who shared a number of common friends, including Ripert, with Bourdain said that it is important for all to be aware that alcoholism and drug addiction stays with a person. One cannot recover easily from the conditions. Therefore, the best way to deal with them is to discuss about them more often as was done by Bourdain.
Talking openly about addiction and mental illness helps
Bourdain’s battle against substance use disorder (SUD) was not unique as there are many in the accommodations and food services industry dealing with the same. But the celebrity chef’s decision to talk openly about his addiction and mental health issues would surely inspire many to take the path to recovery. Seeking the right kind of professional guidance at the best rehabilitation center in the U.S. can help one attain a speedy recovery and get back life on tracks. Never delay seeking help from an expert, or it may worsen one’s condition.