"She was a f---ing genius." Though London police have yet to determine the cause of Winehouse's death -- and have been quick to downplay any rumors of an overdose -- the singer's addiction problems were no secret and complications from drug use had left her debilitated.
"She wasn't just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes," he writes.
Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time."Spurred by Amy's death, I've tried to salvage unwilling victims from the mayhem of the internal storm and am always, always, just pulled inside myself."Brand commented that even though in the ten years he has been clean his "life has immeasurably improved", he cannot understate "the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain"."I look to drugs and booze to fill up a hole in me," he said. I still survey streets for signs of the subterranean escapes that used to provide my sanctuary."I still eye the shuffling subclass of junkies and dealers, invisibly gliding between doorways through the gutters.
I see that dereliction can survive in opulence - the abundantly wealthy with destitution in their stare."Brand revealed that he seriously thought about taking heroin relatively recently, when an unknown girl dashed his dream of becoming a father."The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday," he said.
In this film he wants to learn more and see if we can do things differently. And is abstinence-based recovery, which worked for Brand, a possible way forward?
Brand meets a whole range of people from whom he draws insights - scientists at the cutting edge of research into the psychology of addiction, those involved in innovative recovery treatments and drug addicts themselves. In this documentary Brand challenges conventional theory and practice as well as government policy in his own inimitable style, confronting the reality of addiction head on.
"I had received 'an inconvenient truth' from a beautiful woman."It wasn't about climate change - I'm not that ecologically switched on - she told me she was pregnant and it wasn't mine."The 37-year-old also opened up about his battle with drugs during an appearance on yesterday (March 5), in which he made host Phillip Schofield gasp after apparently letting slip a swear word.