Needless to say, no comedian has managed to capture the love of children and adults as much as the one-of-a-kind Robin Williams. From the moment he exploded onto the scene as the alien Mork on Happy Days (1974-1984), resulting in the successful spin-off Mork and Mindy (1978-1982), this zany actor established himself as a well-versed comedian and a professional schizophrenic impersonator. Insane and heartwarming, Williams shone in a long lineup of films from Dead Poets’ Society (1989) to Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), but we will always remember him best for his role as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin (1992). After his passing, the entire world was stricken with grief, possibly due to many adults remembering his lifelong struggle with addiction.
A Sad Reminder
In many ways, Robin Williams’ struggle is a reminder of how dangerous addiction can be. After 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and cocaine, the comedian started drinking again in 2010. Once again, though, he was able to put his sickness on the backburner and get back to making the world laugh. In one interview in 2014, Williams jokingly explained how he attended rehabilitation programs in the middle of Napa County (wine country) but he felt so desperate for help that he didn’t care.
At one point during his initial treatment, Williams believed he could heal all by himself, a belief he strongly criticized sometime later.
The Darkness of Depression
Early in 2014, however, Williams reentered a rehabilitation program, but he fully denied that he needed any help, his statement instead suggesting the treatment was precautionary. However, the public may have been shocked to learn that the comedian also suffered from bipolar depression, a comorbid problem that only tripled the pain of addiction. After sliding into this darkness, Williams left this world forever.
Still, we must remember one thing. If comedy is the best medicine, then Robin Williams was our favorite doctor. He will always be remembered for all the laughter and all the insanity.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol withdrawal can easily be one of the most frightening aspects of healing. During the course of the recovery process, you will suffer from minor to severe symptoms that may include night sweats, hallucinations, fevers, anxiety, and sadness, but always remember that you can find the strength to overcome these problems. However, you must always seek medical attention when you have decided to cut ties with alcohol, as the withdrawal process can be notoriously dangerous. Never attempt to do this without the supervision of a trained specialist.
If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.