American visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, for the first time, has opened up about her struggle with addiction. The 25-year-old model, who is sober for two years now, took to Instagram on Feb. 13, 2018, to celebrate the second anniversary of her recovery and to reveal her battle with drug addiction. Frances, the only daughter of Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, lost her father to drug addiction in 1994, while her mother has been in and out of rehab centers.
In her Instagram post, Frances wrote that she had refrained from discussing her addiction in public as she was apprehensive about being shamed, misunderstood or even typecast. However, she hoped that her revelation would help people battling addictions, and discourage them from getting embroiled in such a mess. Calling it her “2nd sober birthday,” she celebrated the day in Oahu, and said, “This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here.”
For Frances, working on her sobriety is an ongoing process. “It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bizarre, uncomfortable, tragic, things that have ever happened or will ever happen,” she wrote. For the visual artist, it is important to spread a sense of goodness to as many people as she can. Besides, she wants to focus on positivity in the form of “peace, love, empathy.” Frances feels that this will strengthen her own mental and physical well-being as well.
Timely intervention is important
In recent years, there has been an incredible rise in the number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 28.6 million people aged 12 or older (10.6 percent of the population in that age group) were illicit drug users in 2016. The NSDUH data also shows that about 2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 were using an illicit drug in 2016. The prevalence of drug use among young adults aged 18 to 25 (23.2 percent) was higher in 2016 with about 8 million using illicit drugs.
Besides illicit substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, prescription drugs are also being abused across the U.S. The situation has become so worrisome that President Donald Trump had to declare opioid crisis as a national public health emergency in October 2017. Notably, addiction to harmful drugs can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you know someone struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), encourage them to seek treatment at a reputed rehab center. There is always hope for a happy and sober life. Remember that SUDs can have life-threatening consequences, if left untreated.
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