Mac Miller Is Dead At 26 From A Disease We Still Refuse To Acknowledge

Mac Miller Is Dead At 26 From A Disease We Still Refuse To Acknowledge

We cry tragedy one day and move on the next.

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Mac Miller was reported dead on Friday, September 7 of an apparent overdose following an open battle with drug abuse and addiction.

Miller's disease has landed him in multiple altercations with the law in recent months. In early May, he was arrested for fleeing the scene after crashing his car into a utility pole while under the influence. Looking back, Miller called it "the best thing that could have happened... I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally, like, have the whole thing stop."

These words hold a heartbreaking echo in our hearts today.

For those of us that have lived through these rock bottoms, we know these words all too well. And we know how empty they can be. Today's tragedy and the inevitable dozens of others that will occur in the next couple of months can feel like a painful reminder to those of us who have been there with addiction that, sometimes, what we consider our rock bottoms are nothing compared to the ultimate rock bottom: death.

We as a society have become somewhat complacent with drug abuse in the past handful of years, especially when it comes to the rap scene. Rappers are seemingly dying left and right from the same drugs that their colleagues will continue to make rhymes about the next day.

Let's not forget that we have an up-and-coming star on the tip of everyone's tongue whose chosen name is literally after that of a drug responsible for nearly 7,000 overdose deaths in 2013 alone, 30 percent of the year's overdose casualties.

See also: Stop Praising Demi While Judging Every Other Addict Around You

But looking at the bigger picture, we continuously turn the other cheek to addicts in our society and we pretend that this disease is a choice despite how problematic and incorrect that assumption is and how little it does in terms of solving the problem.

We do the bare minimum when it comes to drug policy in this country, basically getting to the point of incarceration and that's about it. But we'll all be crying "tragedy" when another valuable life is lost at such a young age to a disease that we're ignoring.

We need to do more.

We need to come to terms with where we are and start making some changes that might not feel good but will do good. Supervised injection facilities. Government-funded rehabilitation. Getting rid of the stigma. Changing the conversation.

Mac Miller isn't the first and won't be the last. At least not at the rate we're going.

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'Beverly Hills Brat' Nicolette Gray Is A Hoax

I believe Nicolette's obnoxious, entitled, and bratty behavior is all an act.
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Earlier this month, Nicolette Gray was on "Dr. Phil" because she was upset at the fact that her mother cut down her allowance. During the show, Nicolette tells Dr. Phil, "I want my mom to understand that I can't live off $1,000 dollars a month and I grew up on a certain lifestyle, she just can't take that away from me immediately."

As a quick recap of that "Dr. Phil" episode, Nicolette basically speaks about her being entitled to this luxury lifestyle because that's all she's ever known.

At the time of the show, Nicolette is not quite 16 years old, but will soon be, and she that for her 16th birthday, she "needs" a G wagon.

Nicolette, at some point, also interrupts Dr. Phil and tells him "We are talking about me here, this is my show."

As part of the resolutions to Nicolette's bratty behavior, Dr. Phil suggests that she needs a job. In response to this request, Nicolette starts sobbing and mumbles "I don't want a job, it's so much work." The audience chuckles as Nicolette releases that statement. Dr. Phil recommends Nina, the mother, to not give Nicolette so much money, and he says there is power in "reparenting." He also suggests Nicolette, as previously mentioned, gets a job to make her a productive member of society.

Not too long after that "Dr. Phil" episode is released, Nicolette changed and added new pictures to her Instagram account, became a "public figure," and even added a house tour video on her YouTube account, that she then deleted. Nicolette also added a video to her Instagram, in which she sets Gucci slides on fire claiming them to be "cheap," however, she then deleted that video as well.

After seeing that "Dr. Phil" episode, I followed Nicolette closely on her social media accounts, and I realized how much deleting and adding new posts she was doing. It was also strange that in some posts she seemed genuine and nice, but in others, she seemed obnoxious and rude. There was no consistency in her behavior or her posts.

Nicolette and her mother Nina were also on "This Morning," a talk show right after being on the "Dr. Phil" show, which suggests they like being in the media.

Nicolette does have a YouTube channel, and in one of her videos, Nicolette goes luxury shopping with friends, and Nina, the mother tells Nicolette's friends, "I don't know what happened, but I gave her an extra thousand dollars." Nicolette's mother clearly did not follow Dr. Phil's advice.

In addition, Nicolette has a car tour video in which she says "I got a Mercedes G 550 also known as a G wagon." Again, Nicolette's mother Nina took none of Dr. Phil's advice.

Overall, I see Nicolette reaching out to Dr. Phil, not because she necessarily wanted her allowance raised, but because she saw it as an opportunity to be on TV to get famous. I came to this conclusion because shortly after being on "Dr. Phil," she and her mother also appeared on the "This Morning" show, which again shows, being around the camera is not something they object to, but rather love. Not only this, but Nicolette has been receiving products that she is advertising on her Instagram stories and has been attending PR events.

Nicolette's mother, Nina, also seems to approve of this and is almost encouraging Nicolette's bratty behavior by her giving her more money to go out shopping with friends, and buying her the G wagon.

Ultimately, Nicolette saw an opportunity, put on a fake persona, all for attention and fame. I believe Nicolette's obnoxious, entitled, and bratty behavior is a hoax!


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We Need To Stop Ignoring Addiction And Actually See It For The Disease It Is

BE KIND.

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Addiction means something different to each and every person. To some it is something they or loved ones have had to deal with, others see it in celebrities/people they look up to, and some really know nothing of it other than media or television.

But to me, it is nothing to be ashamed of.

People can be addicted to many things from shopping to eating, yet where the stigma comes in is when we start dealing with drugs or alcohol. Don't get me wrong, those things are nothing to be proud of but we should NEVER be treating these people like less than, especially if they open up and want help.

I firmly believe that addiction is a disease and not only it being a disease but it can also be in a family's gene pool. Many people and researchers such as the Center on Addiction, Health Harvard Blog, and Addiction Campuses believe that it is a chronic disease. Research is showing how some people are more susceptible (genes). In knowing this, we cannot be pushing these people away and making them feel worse than they already do. We can't just stand by and help them in a way only conducive to yourself.

There are many different ways to help people with addiction. Taking them to get help, not embarrassing them, respecting them as a person, and most importantly to be kind. The ignominy that comes from being an "addict" in our society let alone wanting to open up to someone and ask for help is downright scary.

If someone ever reaches out notice how brave they are and take them in with an open mind. If you see someone with a problem with drugs or alcohol do not try to judge them because if we do that we are further ostracizing addicts from society. Do not let this be a disease we refuse to acknowledge and lose even more of our loved ones.

Above all else BE KIND.

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