I can’t believe I find myself writing about Carrie Fisher again. Especially so long after her death and cremation. Unfortunately so many things seem to come to light once someone is gone. In this case it was heartbreaking and difficult to swallow. as you may have already heard, Carrie’s autopsy and toxicology report became public record. It showed she had a cocktail mix of cocaine, heroine, and ecstasy in her system at the time of her death. This will unfortunately tarnish her work to some people, especially the media who will allow her lifes work advocating for mental illness education and recovery from addiction. It has already begun. Most networks are only reporting on her toxicology report and not really mentioning the work she did while she was alive to bring transparency to mental illness and also recovery from addiction.
Bad choices do not undo a persons work to better the world and peoples well being. In this case it showed how vulnerable all of us addicts are to our disease. It can catch up to us at anytime in our lives. Which is why I am an advocate for always remembering you are an advocate and always treating each day as if it is your first day in sobriety. As soon as we become complacent in our recovery, we open the door to trouble.
Throughout Carrie’s life she struggled with mental illness and addiction. When she finally decided to tell the world about her struggles, she came out full force and was a pioneer to the world of breaking stigma. She made it seem ok to admit you had issues. She humanized not just herself, but addiction and mental illness as a whole. She showed the world that no one is immune to these things. That is what we should remember her for.
We absolutely will never forget that she was hiding a secret from us all in the end. But that’s also what makes this so much more important to remember her for the good work she did while struggling personally. She helped make it ok to talk about things that were otherwise taboo. She showed us that no one is perfect, in any station of life.
We need to remember her for that. Not just for her completely human downfall at the end of her life. She fought for us to be heard and noticed. She made it possible for many to live in recovery. She is still an inspiration to me and will always be one.
Carrie, your addiction caught up to you and took your life. Your mental illness diagnosis contributed heavily to you struggles. Thank you for allowing me to have a platform for good. You made it possible for us to speak. Thank you!