Kelly Osbourne signed up for rehab again
This week, TV personality Kelly Osbourne visited a drug and alcohol treatment center in Austin, Texas. A source close to the 36-year-old was quoted as saying her mother’s controversial exit from The speech and his father’s Parkinson’s disease diagnosis both had a huge impact on Osbourne. Additionally, it was reported last week that she had broken up with her one-year-old boyfriend. These events may have caused the reality TV star to relapse, adding to her long history of addiction and attempted rehabilitation.
Osbourne’s story with drug addiction
Kelly Osbourne is the daughter of “The Godfather of Metal”, Ozzy, and music director and television personality, Sharon. Ozzy rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead singer of the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. After his own addiction issues, Ozzy was fired from the group in 1979. Sharon encouraged Ozzy to embark on what would become a highly successful solo career, also riddled with addiction. In fact, Ozzy went to a rehab facility just a day after Kelly was born. In February, Ozzy told Variety he had been sober for about 7 years.
At 13, Kelly was given liquid Vicodin, a prescription opioid, when she removed her tonsils. In an interview with People in 2009, Kelly recalled that the pain reliever made her more confident and likeable. She then began using prescription drugs, such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium to deal with feelings of anxiety and depression.
In 2002, the family moved to Los Angeles and began filming an MTV reality series called The Osbournes. Around this time, Kelly started using drugs to heal herself with whatever substances she could get hold of so she wouldn’t feel like herself. She said prescription drugs, like Vicodin, temporarily relieved pressure from the public, such as media comments about her weight. In 2003 Kelly’s brother Jack sought treatment for OxyContin addiction; he’s been sober ever since.
Kelly Osbourne’s attempts at sobriety
When Sharon and Ozzy surprised Kelly with prescription drugs at the age of 19, she first went to rehab at a Malibu facility. In the end, this treatment failed, which Kelly said was that she felt too comfortable. A year later, she returned to rehab before returning to London for 3 years. Although not sober, Kelly described having both good and bad months during this time.
In 2008, Kelly returned to LA to shoot another reality TV show with her family. Returning to where her addiction was at its peak caused Kelly to relapse. She felt the drugs in LA were too accessible. Kelly recalled in the same People interview in 2009 that she had thrown herself down a staircase more than once to try to get a prescription.
Due to this 2008 relapse, Kelly’s friends and family demanded that she seek treatment for her addiction. This time, during her 30-day treatment program, Kelly learned other ways to deal with her anxiety, such as educating others when she was feeling anxious and taking breaks. The Osbours also participated in family therapy as part of this program.
Despite this attempt at treatment, Kelly continued to struggle with drug addiction, which resulted in more time spent in rehab and admission to a mental hospital. Kelly’s longest period of sobriety came after spending time in a sober living center in 2017. She remained without substance until the spring of this year. In April 2021, Kelly took to Instagram to share that after 4 years of sobriety, she had relapsed.
“I’m an addict and thought I had enough time under my belt and could drink like a normal person, and it turns out I can’t and I never will be normal,” Osbourne said on Instagram. She hoped that by sharing what she was going through rather than suffering in silence, she could help others go through the same.
Relapse can be part of recovery
For those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), relapse, like Kelly Osbourne, is not an uncommon part of the treatment process. Studies have estimated that 40-60% of people treated for drug addiction will relapse within the first year after completing treatment. Because addiction is a chronic disorder, there is no real cure. With treatment, addicts can manage their drug use and regain control of their lives. Even after treatment, those with SUD are considered to be recovering.
A relapse can happen in anyone who is recovering, no matter how many years they have been sober. Certain people, situations and environments can trigger a relapse in people struggling with substance use. This does not mean that treatment has failed, but rather indicates that the person who has relapsed should speak with their doctor to resume treatment and consider whether any changes or new approaches should be attempted.
After treatment is complete, people with SUD can take several steps to reduce the risk of triggering a relapse. It is suggested that individuals participate in some form of continuing care, such as a 12-step program or therapy. Surrounding yourself with other positive, sober people can also help create an environment with fewer relapse triggers. In addition, remembering the new coping skills learned during treatment is imperative to staying sober after treatment. Most importantly, recovering people should seek help if they feel like they are going to relapse.
When Kelly relapsed in April, she took to Instagram in an effort to be honest with her fans. She shared an ideology that many people with SUD experience. She said, “I just want you to know that I am sober today and that I will be tomorrow.” But I really learned that it’s just one day at a time.