Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef founded Fairwinds Treatment Center in 1989 on the premise that drug addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. In fact, here at Fairwinds we believe that substance abuse is almost always indicative of an underlying, often undiagnosed, psychological, mental or emotional problem. Twenty-five years ago, Fairwinds began using its unique dual diagnosis methodology, combining clinical treatment and therapeutic counseling to facilitate patients’ inner and outer healing. Since then, Dr. El-Yousef has helped countless addiction sufferers achieve a lasting recovery.
Many people who struggle with substance abuse and mental illness are also at an increased risk of suicide. We previously discussed on this blog the tragic death of Robin Williams, who waged a decades-long battle against depression and addiction. As we mentioned, some compelling scientific research indicates that comedic entertainers may be at greater risk of facing these kinds of problems.
Recently, another talented performer, beloved British comedian Stephen Fry, stepped forward to reveal his own suicide attempts and problems with cocaine, in the hope that he might help others recover. Fry has given dozens of acclaimed performances over the years, including roles in “24,” “The Hobbit” and “V for Vendetta.” His story reminds us that anyone can fall prey to substance abuse.
“I … know better people than me have found themselves on the same path,” he tells Britain’s Sunday Times.
The funny man shares his more serious side in the new memoir “More Fool Me,” describing his attempts to use alcohol and drugs to regulate his thoughts and emotions.
“It’s a difficult subject to talk about,” Fry tells BBC News. “Addictive substances fill a gap in the lives of certain people who are most vulnerable to them, and particularly those with a mental disorder … If your moods are not easy to control and you don’t really understand what’s wrong with you, then the easiest thing is to say, ‘Well, if I’m too high and hyper, alcohol brings me down. And if I’m too low, cocaine perks me up’. It’s a silly equation. And they chase each other and get each other worse and worse.”
Fry has previously spoken publicly about his battle with bipolar disorder and currently serves as president of a British mental health charity. His story underscores the link between mental illness and substance abuse that Dr. El-Yousef has long emphasized at Fairwinds. Unfortunately, even today, far too few addiction treatment centers acknowledge this connection, which often results in a failed recovery.
If you or someone you love struggles with substance abuse, know that true healing is possible with Dr. El-Yousef’s dual diagnosis treatment methodology. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today to learn more and start down the path toward a better tomorrow.