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Sharon Osbourne ‘devastated’ and addresses Ozzy rumors

April 24, 2013


Sharon Osbourne ‘devastated’ and addresses Ozzy rumors

“The Talk” star Sharon Osbourne sets the record straight on recent reports about her and Ozzy: ” We’re dealing with it. We’re not getting divorced. However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am – I’m devastated right now.”

“Everything that was printed in the tabloids has been distorted. There’s always a little seed of truth to everything that gets reported, but then it gets very distorted. The only thing that’s true was the Facebook posting that my husband did on his Facebook where he said he’s been using alcohol and prescription drugs for the last year-and-a-half…and that he has been in a very dark place. That’s true. It’s very true.”

“Everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire life and I never knew that he was using prescription drugs. I knew he was drinking occasionally, but I didn’t realize to the extent. It’s our business – we’re dealing with it; we’re not getting divorced. However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am – I’m devastated right now.”

“It’s a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease but it hurts the family. It hurts people that love you and we’re dealing with it. We’ve dealt with worse and we will deal with it and this too shall pass. Otherwise my husband will be taken to the hospital to get my foot removed from his ass.”

Addiction expert Dr. Damon Raskin of Cliffside Malibu (www.cliffsidemalibu.com) spoke to Monsters and Critics last week and shared his feelings that many addicted and alcoholic patients must keep trying, even after falling off the wagon, to preserve their family life as a lifeline and anchor for recovery efforts.

Dr. Raskin says, “I am a doctor with a family who treats families, many with a member who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. Just like Ozzy is showing us, it is clearly never too late to get help and get sober. I have helped treat many patients at all stages of readiness for recovery, and even if someone has relapsed many times, families should never give up on their loved one. Family involvement can be crucial in giving the addict hope, but avoiding enabling the addict is the key. This often takes the help of professionals and why families should not be doing this on their own. At Cliffside Malibu where I treat many addicts, involving family members is a crucial part of the rehab strategy and allows the addict the help they need to get to the root of why they feel the need to mask their pain with alcohol or drugs.”

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