Lisa Marie Presley’s Struggle with Opioids
Lisa Marie Presley Comes Clean About Her Struggle with Opioids in New Book
Lisa Marie Presley is no stranger to the public eye. The famous 51-year-old singer, songwriter, and daughter of Elvis Presley has recently come forward and shared the truth about a big secret she has been hiding.
The Struggle with Addiction
In a foreword she wrote for the book by Harry Nelson, Presley has opened up about her downfall and addiction to opioids and how she is “grateful to be alive today.”1
As we all know now, the United States of America is experiencing an opioid crisis which has caused countless overdose deaths, taking the lives of people everywhere. As a famous public figure, it is nice to see someone openly speak about their addiction and the decision to get clean. We often feel shame and disgust or otherwise lost, as if there wasn’t any hope out there addicts. But we must also remember that there are those dedicated to helping individuals with their problems as well as drug detox centers and rehab facilities to assist with recovery efforts.
So How Did Lisa Marie Presley’s Addiction Begin?
As most addictions start nowadays, Lisa Marie Presley’s addiction started with a simple prescription. According to Presley, she “was recovering after the  birth of my daughters, Vivienne and Finley, when a doctor prescribed me opioids for pain. It only took a short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for me to feel the need to keep taking them due to their dangerous addictiveness.”1
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2010 an estimated 2.4 million people 12 years of age or older met criteria for abuse of or dependence on prescription drugs, the second most common illicit drug use after marijuana.2 Unfortunately, there is now an all too common trend of people developing an addiction shortly after taking prescribed medications daily.
Presley tried to hide her addiction, maintaining a normal life as a mother and a singer/songwriter, but behind closed doors, she was suffering at the hands of her addiction, which she described as difficult to overcome. “Even in recent years, I have seen too many people I loved to struggle with addiction and die tragically from this epidemic. It is time for us to say goodbye to shame about addiction. We have to stop blaming and judging ourselves and the people around us […] That starts with sharing our stories.”
The Road to Recovery
As Presley stated, it is time for us to stop shaming others who are struggling and instead encourage them to get the help they need. As a nation, we need to raise awareness about drug addictions and the battles people face. There are facilities all across America that offer intensive outpatient programs to help people overcome their addiction. We need to realize that people are suffering at the hands of fairly common, accessible drugs and those closest to you may be battling their own demons and you may not even know. There’s no need to feel shame any longer, have open discussions and learn from Lisa Marie Presley’ addiction story.
“Many more people are suffering silently, addicted to opioids and other substances. I am writing this in the hope that I can play a small part in focusing attention on this terrible crisis. I experienced firsthand how hard it is to cut through all of the bad information out there to get help. We all need to educate ourselves and the people around us on the dangers of opioids and other drugs and understand what we can do to keep ourselves and the people we love safe… Acknowledging that we are all at risk is not a measure of weakness, but of honesty.”
- Yahoo Entertainment – Lisa Marie Presley reveals battle with opioid addiction in new book: ‘I also fell prey’
- National Institute of Drug Abuse – Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)