The singer/drummer Phil Collins, largely known for being a part of the music group Genesis, turned to drinking recently after this wife and children left. His wife, Orianne Cevey, moved from Switzerland to Miami, Florida with their two sons Nick and Matt.
Collins retired from the music industry in 2010 and admitted feeling a large void with the sudden absence of his children, which spurred his drinking. However, at the time, Collins was also taking medication for medical issues that developed in part from his music career. For example, tendon issues from years of drumming, a dislocated vertebra, and deafness in one ear required medication. Collins admitted that the medication as well as supplemental over the counter medication was not mixing well with the alcohol.
In fact, the combination led to a nearly fatal medical incident in which Collins experienced a deadly case of pancreatitis. The incident led to time a hospital stay, as well as the realization that he needed sober living treatment. Collins admitted himself into a drug rehabilitation facility and also attended 12-step meetings to help curb what developed to be an addiction to alcohol.
It should be noted that the mix of alcohol and medication is dangerous, as Collins discovered. There is a reason for the warning signs that exist on medication bottles. Mixing alcohol with certain medications can have the following effects:
- Loss of coordination
- Risk of internal bleeding
- Heart problems
- Difficulty breathing
Furthermore, alcohol can make the medication less effective or useless. And in worst cases, alcohol can turn medication into a toxic substance creating harm to the body. This is not only true for prescription medication but also for over the counter medication and even herbal remedies.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism produces a pamphlet titled Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines, which outlines a long list of medications and how they interact with alcohol.
A couple of points to know is that certain types of medication contain many ingredients, not just the active ingredient, one of which might interact with alcohol. Also, other types of medication, such as laxatives and cough syrup, possess alcohol already, which might further exacerbate the effects of alcohol in one’s body. Medication with alcohol can contain up to 10 percent of alcohol. Furthermore, women and the elderly can at times be more vulnerable to the combination of alcohol and medication.
Fortunately, Phil Collins recovered from both his need to drink and from the pancreatitis episode. He admitted that the 12-step program, although widely popular and incredibly healing for most, was not effective for him. Instead, he found his sober living help through addiction specialists and through positive thinking.
In fact, because his health has returned, Collins has returned part time to performing. His next big event is in Miami, Florida this December. Collins also reunited with a member of the band Genesis and other musicians for a documentary titled Together and Apart.
Certainly, drinking alone can be dangerous, and the combination of drinking with medication can be fatal. Fortunately, Collins found the best sober living treatment form that worked for him to enjoy his family and his part time music career.
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