Melissa Etheridge Says She Realized She Couldn't Save Her Drug-Addicted Son

Melissa Etheridge Says She Realized She Couldn't Save Her Drug-Addicted Son
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Melissa Etheridge was getting ready for loss even before it happened. Page Six picked up on comments from the performing artist this week in which she claimed she had accepted the possible death of her son, and her inability to do anything about it.

The news comes 12 weeks after her 21-year-old son died from opioid addiction. Etheridge said she had tried her hardest to help but, but eventually she realized there was nothing she could do to save him.

During a conversation with Rolling Stone reporters, the 59-year-old artist said there was a time when she told herself, "I can't save him." Melissa said she couldn't give up her own life to try and save his. He had to do it for himself.

"But I had to be able to go on living," the performing artist explained. Melissa went on to say she had to make peace with her troubled son and accept that he believed what he did and did the best he could to get better.

As it was previously reported, Etheridge confirmed her son had died on the 13th of May, this year. On her social media account at the time, Melissa explained how her son had died, making her just one among many families who have lost someone to opioid addiction.

Melissa is also a mother to three children, Bailey, Johnnie Rose, and Miller Steven. She says she often feels guilty about what happened to him at such a young age, but Melissa believes her son wouldn't want her to feel that way.

As for how she has been getting through the horrible tragedy, Melissa says she has turned to music. "The thing that makes life make sense has always been my music," the artist added.

As Melissa already pointed out, many other people around the world have lost a loved one to the opioid epidemic. In fact, many celebrities have died for similar reasons, including Prince and Mac Miller.

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  • Frank Sterle Jr.
    Frank Sterle Jr. Aug 12, 2020 2:15 PM PDT

    Out of ignorance, I used to be one who, while sympathetic, would look down on those who’d ‘allowed’ themselves to become addicted to alcohol and illicit drugs. However, upon learning that serious life trauma (e.g. adverse childhood experiences) is so often behind the addict’s debilitating addiction, I began to understand ball-and-chain self-medicating: The greater the drug-induced euphoria or escape one attains from its use, the more one wants to repeat the experience; and the more intolerable one finds their sober reality, the more pleasurable that escape should be perceived. By extension, the greater one’s mental pain or trauma while sober, the greater the need for escape from reality, thus the more addictive the euphoric escape-form will likely be. Tragically, the pain may be so overwhelming that the most extreme and potentially permanent form of escape—suicidal behaviour—is sometimes chosen. Yet, in many straight minds drug addicts have somehow committed a moral crime, perhaps even those who’d become addicted to opiates prescribed them for an innocent sports or work injury. We now know pharmaceutical corporations intentionally pushed their very addictive opiate pain killers—the real moral crime—for which they got off relatively lightly, considering the resulting immense suffering and overdose death numbers.

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