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Rihanna: Rehab or Bust


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It looks like our babe from Barbados might be one of us. She reportedly slept through a flight out of London because she was hitting the bottle a tad bit too hard, about a month ago, lighting the fuse in a series of events that have led her to the place where now she stands. In the program, we like to say the progression of our using went from: fun, to fun with problems, to just problems. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this party diva is sliding down the scale from fun with problems to just problems. As a result of this, our soul sista’ stands at a crossroads. Her boss, my boy Jay-Z, (shout out to the Empire State. Wooot!!) has presented her with an ultimatum: get her sweet little behind into rehab, or she’s off the label. Whether he means business or is simply making an idle threat is not yet clear. The way I see it, Rihanna is a big breadwinner for the label. However, if she chooses to keep going the way she’s going, her behavior will cause an elevated level of detriment to the company in the long run. If Jay-Z keeps his Al-Anon pimp-hand strong, he will cut her off if she doesn’t abide.

There is, the way I see it, a flip-side to this coin. We aren’t done until we’re done, as it is often said. I can certainly attest to that. In retrospect, it can help for someone to shed a little light on our current situation. Accountability, if I dare say. Needless to say, it will take a certain element of despair for her to realize that her fun is attributing to her problems. The way I saw it, the problems were getting in the way of my fun.

(Disclaimer: Rant initiated) It pisses me off how society gives celebrities- those in the spotlight- an easier time with regards to their problems, particularly those problems pertaining to substance abuse. I definitely made money partying (haha) and got no level of sympathy from anyone because I was making money partying (boohoo, poor me). It states in Chapter 5: How it Works, “At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier softer way. But we could not. Some of us had tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” (AA, 58.) In Rihanna’s case, it’s going to take utter and complete willingness on her part. Losing a record deal would be plenty-enough on the line for me to realize I needed help. This is, however, a cunning, baffling, powerful disease. Like I said, we aren’t done until we’re done.

So what exactly are we looking at, here? Let’s “play the tape out”. If she chooses not to take Mr. Z’s offer to go to treatment, she will (hopefully) get booted off the label, and continue partying like the princess rock star she is. She will most likely try and sign with a different record label, and her work will continue to get in the way of her fun. Ultimately, rehab with a chance of sobriety, are what this meteorologist forecasts for her future.  It is simply a matter of when this recovery storm is to hit. The alternative: jails, institutions, and death. Oh my!


Works Cited:

“Jay-Z Gives Rihanna A Rehab Ultimatum.” RecoverynowTV. Recovery Now. Web. 15 June 2012. 15 June 2012.

“Jay-Z Orders Rihanna to Rehab; ‘She’s Been Out of Control for Months’.” AtlantaBlackStar. Annsleigh Thornton. Web. 12 June 2012. 15 June 2012.

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. Alcoholics Anonymous. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., 1976. Print.

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  • Beth

    I love Rihanna but she really needs to get her s**t together and the only way to accomplish that is to get her ass to rehab!

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