It's a miracle Chris Brown isn't dead.
According to a newly-published report by Billboard Magazine entitled 'Chris Brown's Downward Spiral: Insiders Open Up About His Struggles With Addiction and Anger,' the troubled singer has been speeding down a destructive highway for the past year, indulging in an astonishing amount of legal and illegal drugs and failing to take medication prescribed for his bipolar ii disorder.
Empty Styrofoam cups littered the table, a sign that Brown -- who hadn’t been taking his medication for the bipolar II condition he had been diagnosed with in 2014 -- had likely also been sipping lean (a mixture of promethazine/codeine syrup and a soft drink), his comedown of choice after a coke or Molly binge.
At this time, Brown was preparing for the European leg of his One Hell of a Nite Tour, but, according to various members of his team at the time, he would stay up for as long as three days in a row, snorting cocaine and dabbling in Xanax, marijuana, Molly and lean.
I'm not a doctor or psychologist, nor will I act like one for the sake of crafting a think piece, but based on these eye-witness accounts, it's clear Brown has a very serious problem and he doesn't care if he lives or dies.
Given his track record over the past decade—which includes multiple arrests, assault charges, community service, probation and countless drug- and violence-related TMZ-esque affairs—Brown has become an extremely unsympathetic figure, but it's clear he needs serious help. Making matters worse, the 27-year-old has twice been kicked out of rehab facilities and is currently without a day-to-day manager.
Over the past year, a stunning number of rap artists, including Gucci Mane, Isaiah Rashad, and ScHoolboy Q, have received help for their respective drug addictions, a topic that has remained in the news cycle on a seemingly weekly basis.
Seriously, have a look at all of these headlines:
- Lil Wayne’s Lean Addiction Almost Killed Curren$y
- Future Continues To Deny Drug Addiction: “I Don’t Feel Like I Ever Abused It”
- Kid Cudi Believes Music Industry Pressure & Success “Drove Me to Drugs”
- Gucci Mane Becomes Rap’s Role Model for Sobriety: “I Was a Drug Addict, I Was Numb”
- Isaiah Rashad on His Addiction: “I Fucked Up, I Almost Got Dropped Three Times”
- ScHoolboy Q Opens Up About Being a “Deadbeat” Father & Drug Addict
- How Lucki Almost Lost His Life to Xanax
A common thread among most of the above stories is depression, which Brown also suffers from as a result of his bipolar spectrum disorder. The condition, which is medically characterized by at least one episode of hypomania and at least one episode of major depression, can be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. But according to the report by Billboard, Brown isn't taking his medication, and since all of his team members have either quit or been fired, he seemingly doesn't have anyone to push him to attend therapy.
While allegations of heavy drug use have followed Brown for several years, it's troubling to read that, despite doctors correctly diagnosing his condition and Brown having the financial means to not only get clean but also remain clean, his situation has only gotten worse.
I understand that many of our readers don't care about Brown or his situation—and after what he did to Rihanna in 2009, I can't blame them—but as fellow human beings, we should root for him to avoid becoming another cautionary tale of an under-30 performer succumbing to depression and drug addiction. It's not too late for Brown to resurrect his life, his image, and his currently-meandering career.
In just the past five years, the world has lost Prince, Whitney Houston, and A$AP Yams to drug overdoses and Capital STEEZ to depression-fueled suicide. Brown doesn't need to join that list.