How an Addiction Relapse Can Ruin an Individual’s Life

Many people are under the impression that once an addict has overcome his or her addiction, or are making an effort to do so, he or she will stay clean for the rest of their life. Sadly, this is not always the case, and many addicts will fall victim to an addiction relapse. This is not to say that every addict will relapse, as more often than not, these individuals will go on to lead a happy, sober life once they have realised what the drugs and alcohol did to them in the first place.

However, some addicts will be unable to control their urges to consume the substance they were once reliant upon and will consequently fall into a downward spiral of addiction. One woman who was no stranger to addiction relapse was actress Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away recently due to cardiac arrest but which is now being linked to her excessive drug and alcohol abuse over the years. Sources have claimed that she suffered from an addiction relapse just shortly before her untimely death.

‘High as A Kite’

The Star Wars legend was known for having a drug and alcohol addiction that consumed her life for many years, and sources have confirmed that Ms Fisher suffered an addiction relapse shortly before she passed away. The source explained, “Carrie had relapsed around Thanksgiving. I saw her myself high as a kite once, not that long ago. Some of her friends I talked to doubted she was ever totally clean and sober because she got doctor’s prescriptions to treat her bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. Ironically, she said to me, ‘You’re too old to get high anymore, dear.’ I replied, ‘You, too, dear’.”


Ms Fisher shared a picture on social media of herself lovingly posing with her dog, but if you look closely in the background, it appears that there are two bottles of beer sitting there; this has sparked more rumours that her death was drug– and alcohol-related. She was never shy when speaking about her addiction, which is something that was appreciated by many addicts and encouraged them to seek support in regards to overcoming their own addiction. She had once spoken to Diane Sawyer about her illness and said, “I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple – just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully.”

Missed Profoundly

The news of her death was confirmed in a statement that was made on behalf of her only daughter Billie Lourd. The statement read: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning. She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Although Ms Fisher has now passed away, her legacy will live on, and her story will continue to help many addicts around the world when trying to beat their addiction. They may use the tragic circumstances of Ms Fisher’s death as motivation to get clean as they can now see the true effects of what a drug and alcohol addiction can do to an individual.

Potential Risks of Relapse

Even when a former addict has finally kicked his or her habit, there is still the potential risk of an addiction relapse. This can often frighten addicts as they do not want to go through the difficult task of overcoming addiction and then having to do this all again if they relapse. For some, this is motivation to ensure that they do not turn back to the drugs, others simply cannot help it. Addiction relapse is not something that will affect every addict, it just depends on the strength and determination of the individual to get clean and stay clean; it is a challenging task but is entirely possible with the right help and support.

Overcoming A Drug and Alcohol Addiction

While addiction relapse may form a very important part of the recovery process for some individuals in that it motivates them to stay clean going forward, most people agree that avoiding it is the best course of action if possible.

If you are worried that yourself or a loved one could be in danger of relapsing, do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at Addiction Helper. We have a team of fully trained advisors waiting to take your call. You can simply talk your fears through or we can put you in touch with a professional counsellor who can advise you on the steps you should take to prevent a full-blown addiction relapse.

We can assist you with finding a rehab provider where you can take advantage of an outpatient programme to get you back on track once more. For more information, give us a call now.

Source: Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher ‘relapsed shortly before her tragic death’ (

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