France’s Bean Cobain, (the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love) knows first hand the devastation left behind by addiction and mental illness. Only a baby at the time of her father’s death, she never knew him. Suicide was the end result of his struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder. Cobain had stern words for singer Lana Del Rey, admonishing her not to romanticize early death. Rock and Roll has long had a romantic notion that death gives “street cred”. The “27-club” has become lore with the many young people who have died at that age, but one doesn’t have to be famous for this to be a problem. We see this often in the addiction treatment setting: At Rebound Brooklyn, we have many young adults who have a vaguely romantic notion about living hard and dying young. Part of this notion is ego and working through that in therapy is critical for long-term, sustainable recovery.
- Joe Schrank