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Did Whitney Houston's Addiction Doom Her Daughter?

By    |   Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:20 AM

Bobbi Kristina Brown died under circumstances eerily similar to those surrounding the death of her legendary mother Whitney Houston.

Both mother and daughter were found unconscious in a bathtub. Both had apparent drug issues. Both had reportedly been abused by their men.

In Whitney’s case, at least five drugs were found in her system when she was found dead on Feb. 11, 2012 at age 48. Prior to her death, she had gone public with her addiction struggles.

While it is unknown if drugs played a role in Bobbi Kristina’s death on July 26 at age 22, there had been numerous reports that she had been using. People magazine reported that she was on heroin, cocaine, Xanax, and drinking heavily in the months before she fell unconscious.

There were also reports that both women were physically abused by the men they loved.

The tragic similarities beg the question: Did her mother’s drug addiction and demise send Bobbi Kristina on a path to destruction?

A top addiction specialist tells Newmax Health that parents’ struggles with substance abuse can have a lasting effect on their children.

“I don’t have any direct knowledge of what Bobbi Kristina went through, but she was in an environment with drug addiction and other domestic issues, and that is traumatic,” said Joni Ogle, director of Young Adult Programs at Promises Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu.

Promises has treated many celebrities, including Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Robert Downey Jr.

Although Ogle did not treat Whitney or Bobbi Kristina, she has spent 25 years working with addiction and trauma issues with the famous and their families.

Both Houston and her husband rapper Bobby Brown had drug problems and smoked crack in front of Bobbi Kristina when she was growing up, according to reports. Houston also admitted that there was violence at home that Bobbi Kristina witnessed.

It’s not uncommon for the children of addicts to mimic their parents, said Ogle.

“When your parents are using alcohol or drugs they are not emotionally available for an intimate connection with you,” she told Newsmax Health. “Babies are hard-wired to seek a connection with their parents, and the child becomes very anxious, feeling like they will die without that connection, so eventually they end up using drugs and alcohol to cope.”

The children of addicts tend to mimic the behavior of their parents, she said.

“Patterns are set early. If a child sees her dad come home stressed and he sits down with a drink and then another drink, or zones out with drugs, they learn it, and their little brains get wired to do it.”

It doesn’t help if parents tell their kids to learn from their mistakes and stay away from drugs, Ogle said.

“The children have seen them do it, so they get programmed. It’s their ‘normal,’” she said.

Witnessing domestic violence can have a similar affect, said Ogle.

“If a child sees her mother being abused, her nervous system becomes used to it. She becomes numb to the screaming and abuse,” she said.

Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon has been accused in a $10 million civil suit of beating her.

“Unfortunately, the children of parents in these situation are predisposed to having similar problems,” Ogle said. “That’s why it’s so important they get the help they need to break the cycle.”


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