Celebrity Revealed: Mary J. Blige’s Experience with Alcoholism, Addiction, and Recovery


Mary J. Blige

Seven-time Grammy Award Winner Mary J. Blige may be very successful in the music industry, but that has not shielded her from her struggles with drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression. Ms. Blige has been very open about her experiences from childhood to adult, and she has overcome a lot. The hip-hop and R&B legend has shared that she was molested as a child, leading her to lean on drugs and alcohol to cope as she got older. She told the Los Angeles Confidential,

“[The child molestation] only happened once, but after that there was so much else in my childhood that happened. So many dark moments – which all added up and that’s what sprung on the drug addiction, trying to numb it with all the drugs.”

When it comes to abuse and trauma, however, it only needs to occur once to really affect a person. Mary J. Blige was no exception – and the difficult feelings and events that occurred in her life after that major event made it even more challenging for her to recover. Ms. Blige has revealed that she was drunk and high on many occasions, struggling with cocaine addiction and not getting the help she needed. She cites Whitney Houston’s death from alcohol and drugs in 2011 as a wake-up call for her; she began to feel very motivated to get clean. She stated that she looked at Whitney Houston and how she was unable to perform anymore due to her addictions – she wanted to overcome that. That is when her entire life changed.

Ms. Blige told the Rolling Stone that her husband, Kendu Isaacs, truly helped her to seek sobriety as well because he would ask her questions about why she was drinking and using, why she felt badly about herself, and more. Mary explained that it wasn’t easy, but that she wanted to be the best she could be for herself and for her husband.

That’s what recovery is all about. Taking the challenge to push yourself and overcome the very thing that has worked to control you for such a long time. It’s time to overcome. Seek the help you need today.

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