Chaka Khan Enters Rehab for Fentanyl Addiction

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

It’s just really become an all too familiar cycle. We lose another talented artist to the disease of addiction; we feel sad; we talk about what could’ve been done differently; then we pretty quickly move on looking for any “good” or “silver lining” to come from the tragedy.

Earlier this week, it was announced via Chaka Khan’s website that she had cancelled tour dates for the month of July upon entering a rehabilitation program for treatment of an addiction to the opioid, Fentanyl. This was the drug that killed Prince who was also a close friend of Khan’s. Prince wrote the singer’s biggest hit, “I Feel for You.” The death of Prince served as a “wake up call” for Khan, to use her own words. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times that quotes Khan’s website announcement, the singer plans to return to her tour next month while following an outpatient level of care. Of course, I’m not familiar with the particulars of Khan’s addiction to painkillers, but I question whether or not this quick return to her touring schedule is the best idea. It reminds me of when Scott Weiland’s ex-wife wrote a scathing article accusing the music industry of ignoring his addiction in order to “prop him up against the microphone” following his death from an overdose at 48 years of age late last year. Too often celebrities are surrounded by people who depend on them for their paycheck, and might not prioritize the best interests of the individual upon whose celebrity their livelihood depends. When I think of someone new to sobriety, I don’t envision them touring the country in any profession, whether it be truck driving or the entertainment industry.

In step with the usual path, I will point out here that if Khan and others are moved toward getting treatment, then this may be part of the “good” that comes from this terrible loss. We all know, now, that Prince had reached out for help, but it came too late.┬áRecovery is possible. It is also difficult, like anything of worth in this life. Break the cycle and reach out for help.┬áCall us today, if you or a loved one is in need of treatment, 888.298.HOPE (4673).

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