Vicky Cornell went on Good Morning America earlier this week to give her first TV interview since her husband, Chris Cornell, died in May of 2017.
During her interview with Robin Roberts, Cornell blamed the drugs her husband was prescribed to help him sleep for his death. He was prescribed these drugs after he suffered an injury to his shoulder.
"If you have to give it they have to be closely monitored and it should not be given for more than two to three weeks,” she said. “So [Chris] relapsed and in a seven-day period he took twenty something pills and in a nine-day period 33."
Her husband, a recovering drug addict, and had been clean since 2003. She insisted that he never would have died if not for the prescription drugs he was taking. He was found in his hotel room in Detroit, MI after a concert, and was pronounced dead on the scene.
While doctors are trained professionals who’ve dedicated their lives to treating people and prescribing potentially life-saving medications, that doesn’t mean that you should blindly accept any treatment they push your way. This is especially true for recovering addicts, who need to take extra care when beginning any new medication. Keep your family and loved ones informed of what your doctor recommends and follow up with any questions or concerns you may have. While it’s the doctor’s job to help you get better, it’s still your body, and you need to make sure you know about the potential dangers associated with every substance you put in it.
From the family side, Turning Point always encourages family engagement in drug & alcohol treatment, as well as utilizing resources like a family support group, AL-ANON/NAR-ANON; to help address the issues affecting the family because drug & alcohol addiction is the disease that affects the entire family. Support is very important throughout recovery and it is never too early/late to break the addiction cycle.
As Turning Point, approaches its 43rd anniversary, our agency remains committed to helping people struggling with all aspect of addiction, to help those individuals and families reclaim control of their lives. Call us at 973.380.0905 to learn more about the services we offer or fill out our online form to take the first step on your road to recovery.