Expert: Drugs, Alcohol and Stress May Have Contributed to Whitney Houston’s Death

While the cause of Whitney Houston's death may not be known for several weeks, one prominent theory is a drug/alcohol overdose. The 48-year-old pop-superstar reportedly had a prescription for Xanax and a history of alcohol and drug abuse, having checked into rehab centers multiple times during her career.

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While the cause of Whitney Houston's death may not be known for several weeks, one prominent theory is a drug/alcohol overdose. The 48-year-old pop-superstar reportedly had a prescription for Xanax and a history of alcohol and drug abuse, having checked into rehab centers multiple times during her career.

Expert

George Comiskey, associate director, Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery,
(806) 742-2891l, or george.e.comiskey@ttu.edu.

Talking Points

  • Addiction and recovery programs
  • Affects of long term use and prospects for recovery
  • Overcoming addiction and returning to productivity


Quotes

  • “Ongoing struggles with drug addiction weaken the body. A person’s attempts to get sober and then relapsing, add to the physical stress. This wear and tear may have taken its toll or she may have overdosed on prescription meds.”
  • “The anxiety of heading back into ‘the Grammy world’ probably added to her anxiety.  The bio-psycho-social elements were all at play.”