The world was shocked when EDM superstar Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman on April 20th, 2018. His music was immensely popular with the world and his work regularly charted on the Billboard 200. Yet, for all of his fame, his wealth and his popularity, he struggled deeply with alcoholism and that terrible addiction would ultimately cost him his health and his own happiness.


His fame caused him anxiety


Tim Berling, or as fans know him, Avicii, often struggled with anxiety due to his immense popularity as well as the demands that performing live shows required of him. Over time, he began to find that he could soothe his anxieties by drinking and partying.


His intense drinking had disastrous effects on his health


While his touring began while he was very young, 18, the large amount of alcohol he would consume had painful effects on his body and his physical health. At age 21, he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, which is a rare condition for an individual that young to suffer from. These health problems led to the eventual removal of both his gallbladder and his appendix.


His diminished health led to pulling back from the public eye


While Avicii tried to get sober out of concern for his own health, he was still suffering intensely. Unable to meet the demand of performing live shows, he worked to pull himself back from the influence of his demanding managers and quit live music altogether. His health continued to deteriorate with each passing year.


He tragically ended his own life


On April 20th, 2018, Avicii was discovered to be dead by his own hand. He had used broken glass from a wine bottle to cut himself and bled to death from his injuries. While there has not been an official release of a suicide note, his family stated “When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer.”

You don’t have to wait for a tragedy to heal

While Avicii was able to get some level of control over his drinking, he wasn’t able to develop the coping mechanisms necessary to deal with a life that was plagued by anxiety, pain and emotional distress. In the end, he was unable to handle all of the complexities of these problems. His life was a tragic loss, as his music has brought joy to millions of people in the world.


If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse problems, don’t wait until tragedy strikes to seek healing. With Willow Springs Recovery, not only will you learn how to overcome your addiction but you will also learn how to develop the coping skills necessary to live in a world of suffering or strife. To begin your journey to recovery, call us at 877-932-9751 or visit us at Willow Springs


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