In what seems to be a disturbing trend, this horrific event took place just a few short weeks after Robin had sought help for his addictions and the depression that accompanied them.
He had just spent time at one of the most renowned 12 Step in-patient facilities in the world, Hazelden.
Apparently messages of powerlessness and surrender were not what he needed to hear. Maybe being told that he had a lifelong disease had a disempowering effect instead? The idea that you cannot completely recover and that the best that you can do is get a daily reprieve by following AA's 12 Step Religion just doesn't cut it for some people whether they realize it or not. Somewhere on an intuitive level, they don't want to believe it.....because they shouldn't as it's just not true.
But when you have that message pounded into you day after day after day, you do end up believing it. With that belief a sense of hopelessness can very easily be the result.
I'm not saying that the 12 step belief system is what caused Robin Williams death, but it surely didn't help. Many creative geniuses have struggled despite their enormous talents.
But doesn't it strike anyone as a little bit odd or as maybe more than just a coincidence that the likes of Mr. Williams, Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger and so many others met tragic ends shortly after leaving theses kinds of facilities?
These places simply do not adequately address the underlying issues that cause people to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol.
From all accounts, Robin's biggest hurdle was depression not the actual intake of alcohol. Telling people to go to meetings, to pray and call their sponsor just isn't going to get it done more times than not!
I don't know if any other form of treatment would have saved Robin's life, but he deserved more than a faith healing solution, we all do.
So very sad................
Rest in peace Robin :-(