What We Learn From DMX And His Substance Abuse
DMX is a 46-year-old rapper. He is among the first crop of entertainers that popularized the ‘Gangsta Rap’ Genre in the 90s.
DMX was born Earl Simmons on the 18th of December the year 1970. He broke into the mainstream rap scene in the 90s. His Ruff Rydaz outfit had a near cultic following.
DMX is also an accomplished actor. He has starred in blockbuster films like ‘Cradle To The Grave’ and ‘Romeo Must Die.’ Like many other celebrities, however, DMX has struggled with substance abuse for the better part of his career. He is documented to abuse a wide array of substances. His arrest warrants range from possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, to the occasional DUI.
Some time ago the rapper was resuscitated by first responders after he was found unresponsive in a parking lot. He even got a shot of Narcan. Narcan is an opioid blocker used to mitigate the effects of a heroin overdose.
The good news is that on the 27th of April 2017, the rapper checked himself into a drug rehab center in California. He courageously canceled a string of shows for his health’s sake. Here are some things we should all learn from DMX.
1. Rehab Is Not For Losers
Many people view enrollment into rehab as a sign of weakness. That is very far from the truth. It takes a strong man to admit a substance problem. It takes an even stronger man to put his loved ones first and seek help.
Understand that addiction is not a condition affecting people who failed in life. Even a casual look at the biography of DMX will show you that he is no failure. Before 30 years of age, he had achieved what very few achieve in a whole lifetime. The fact that he has struggled with substance abuse shows you that addiction is not a preserve for losers.
In fact, a survey revealed that close to 81% of Hollywood residents abuse one or more substances.
2. It Is Not Over Until It Is Truly Is
This is not the first time DMX has checked into rehab. If you have ever checked into rehab and relapsed, learn from him. You keep on pushing until something gives. The worst thing you can do in the fight against addiction is to give up.
It is a scientific fact that persistence wears out resistance. If you persist long enough, if you push hard enough, every addiction collapses. Always remember this statistic, 100% of all who give up the fight die of drug-related complications.
Finally, it is important to consider the success rates of rehab centers. The higher the rate, the greater the chance you will get the help you need.
3. Stop Whatever It Is You Are Doing
DMX canceled a series of shows to check into rehab. That takes a lot of discipline. To put the event into context, remember that DMX is an entertainer. He can perform while high and make his money. He chose not to.
Many people, on the other hand, postpone rehab. That is very dangerous. Addiction and overall substance abuse is a ticking time bomb. Nothing is more important for an addict than for him or her to check into a rehabilitation center.
4. Family Matters.
The reason DMX has been so courageous in his fight is due to family. His manager Pat Gallo and ex-wife Tashera Simmons have helped him a lot. They informed his decision to check into a Drug Rehab Center in California.
Encouragement and advice at this time are invaluable to a patient.
If a loved falls victim to substance abuse, you have a duty to point them in the right direction. Even though the decision to join a rehab facility must come from them, victims rarely decide to join on their accord.
Family and friends need to be sympathetic but firm when suggesting rehab.
Before approaching the victim, however, it would help if professionals were invited. A wrong approach could make the victim feel cornered and become defensive.
We wish DMX a quick recovery.