Out of the many people blamed for the death of Amy Winehouse her family and friends recieved a lot of the criticism (mine included).
Everyone remembers when Renton's parents take him home and lock him in his old bedroom so he can beat his heroin addiction cold turkey in Trainspotting.
Come on Mitch, she’s only small – you could easily sling her over your shoulder, shove her in the spare room and lock the door for a few weeks. Pop in every now and again, take her some toast- give that beehive a bath and in a month she’ll emerge all better.
Or Ronson, even you. You’re loaded. Build a rehab clinic in your house and lock her in.
Osbourne! You know alllll about drugs. Sit her down over a cup of tea and explain why she needs to change her ways. One look at Ozzy should do the trick if nothing else.
I decided to do some research and subsequently found out that life isn’t a film.
What is the likelihood of Amy calling her parents to let them know she’s constantly depressed, and thoroughly dependant on drugs and alcohol?
A friend recently told me he has suffered with bouts of depression for as long as he can remember but despite a close relationship with his parents has never told them, for fear that they would worry rather than understand.
Do you think addicts realise they need help and therefore actively seek it? It's a fact that drugs detach you from reality.
It is much more likely that she told the people around her she was fine and as a mid twenty year old she was left in charge of her own life. Mitch Winehouse told mourners at her funeral she had ‘"conquered" her drug addiction, was "trying hard to deal with her drinking", and was happier than she had been for a long time.
Yet she died.
Either through an overdose of the substances she had reportedly conquered or was in the process of doing so or through taking her own life (assumption..toxicology reports will be released in a few weeks, but i'm sure we all know).
No one likes to admit they have lost control, especially to those closest to them. The only people likely to be fully aware of her dependence on substance abuse are those who were as addicted as her.
Even in the very unlikely situation that her family knew exactly what was going on what about the legal implications of keeping someone somewhere against their will? Holding someone hostage is a criminal act. It is defined as ‘Somebody manipulated. A person or group of people whose freedom of action is restricted or controlled by a more powerful organization by implied threats or other means .’
So this is why no one locked her inside a room.