Final Call for Houston Revealed; an Echo of Cocaine Addiction Tragedies

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The call made by Beverly Hilton security staff made to authorities on behalf of Whitney Houston has been released. The call echoes what Orange County drug and alcohol treatment center 449 Recovery hears often as a results of prescription pill addiction.

The most disturbing part about the recording for me as a drug and alcohol treatment counselor is that almost these exact same words have been said and heard so many times before.

Today, the 911 call made by the Beverly Hilton security staff regarding singer Whitney Houston's death was released to the public. In the call, a hotel staff member calls and discusses in a hurried manner the situation. There is no panic, there is no sadness, nor even the name of Houston being mentioned. Orange County Drug Treatment program 449 Recovery gave their perspective on the recording.

"It gives me chills," said 449 Recovery Founder and CEO, Rodney Robinson. "The most disturbing part about the recording for me as a drug and alcohol treatment counselor is that almost these exact same words have been said and heard so many times before. The only difference this time is that the person [about whom the call was made] is someone we all were familiar with."

For some, especially those who have a history of struggling with afflictions like opiate addiction, alcoholism, or other such problems and their subsequent recovery; it seems that the most haunting element of the recording is the fact that the person (in this case Houston) remains nameless. Prescription pill addiction, which was also a part of Houston's history with substance abuse and contributing factor in her death, in particular is on the rise with overdoses across the nation becoming a common occurrence.

"That call could have been made by anyone, about anyone. The knowledge that the same call could have been made on my own behalf is more than a little unsettling, to say the least." said Rick B., a recovering addict and alcoholic who participated in the California Drug Rehab’s program. "It's absolutely terrifying to look back and think that might have been me."

Initial reports were that an hysterical woman attempted to call hotel security, and hung up the telephone several times during the process. As a result, CPR instructions were unable to be given by the authorities to anyone in Houston's suite. The coroner said that there were too many variables involved to comment whether or not Houston might have survived had the CPR instructions been received. Originally, it was speculated that Houston's death was Police are now stating that based on the coroner's findings, the death is not being considered a criminal manner, and that the case was now considered to be closed.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton a day before she was set to perform at the Grammys this past February, and was said to have a "crystal-like substance" on a small spoon and a white powdery substance in a drawer in the bathroom in which Houston was discovered. She was pronounced dead on the scene after paramedics attempted to resuscitate the singer. Houston, who's cocaine addiction was well documented in the media, is said to have died of accidental drowning, but that cocaine and the resulting heart condition played a factor in her death, with some even suggesting that the singer may have overdosed prior to the actual drowning itself. Following her death, it was revealed that her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, would be the sole benefactor of Houston's estate. Houston was laid to rest, beside her father, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, on February 19.

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