The Demons of Robin Williams — And What You Can Do To Help Your Friends — Recovery From Addiction Means Commitment to Life


From Peace and Freedom:

Every man and woman recovering from addiction can usually tell you about how they’ve been to hell and back. For many, the key to recovery is simple: we reject the notion of returning to hell and death by our own decision: we leave such topics to God.

We loved Robin Williams. And to find good out of suicide is often a struggle. But the worst possible outcome after each and every suicide is this: that people left behind may then think in the deepest, darkest part of their mind that suicide is a viable answer to the trials of life.

Twelve step recovery is about returning to the world and staying there happily — whatever the challenges. Twelve step recovery  is about finding power greater than ourselves to get us through the trials of life — combined with a new way of thinking summed up pretty well for me in the phrase: “It is what it is.”

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me….”

Page 449 (first 3 editions, pg. 417 in the 4th edition) of Alcoholics Anonymous also call “The Big Book”

Check out The Science Behind Suicide Contagion from the New York Times (portion republished below with link).

In the U.S.:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255

In the UK:

Readers who wish to seek information and/or support on suicide prevention can call 08457 90 90 90, or visit the Samaritans website.

God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!
Thank you, God, Amen!



It’s kind of beautiful how, in the midst of tragedy, some people can calmly assess the situation and find a way to make things just a little shittier. Consider the great minds at conspiracy wackaloon hub WND, who took the occasion of Robin William’s suicide to pimp DVDs about the Satanic influence of pop culture.

The piece, an excerpt of a column/ad by one Joe Schimmel of “Goodfight Ministries,” pretends to explain what REALLY happened to Williams, and why:

Everybody is currently talking about Robin Williams and his tragic suicide. Many are puzzled as to how a man, who made so many people laugh, could be so depressed that he would violently end his life. What people are not learning is the deeper truth about the insidious forces that tormented Robin Williams and drove him to suicide.

Robin Williams acknowledged that he had opened himself up to transformative demonic powers that aided him on stage. Without the aid of such demonic powers, it is likely that you would have never have heard of Robin Williams and many other famous celebrities. Williams also recognized that these powers had manifested a very evil influence on stage and that there could be a hefty price to pay for their assistance. Williams told James Kaplan of US Weekly:

“Yeah! Literally, it’s like possession — all of a sudden you’re in, and because it’s in front of a live audience, you just get this energy that just starts going…But there’s also that thing — it is possession. In the old days you’d be burned for it…But there is something empowering about it. I mean, it is a place where you are totally — it is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where you really can become this other force. Maybe that’s why I don’t need to play evil characters [in movies], ’cause sometimes onstage you can cross that line and come back. Clubs are a weird kind of petri dish environment. I mean, that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy — in the name of comedy, be talking about outrageous stuff and somehow come out the other side. I mean, that’s one place where you really want to push it” (Robin Williams, “Robin Williams,” by James Kaplan, US Weekly, January, 1999, p. 53).

Williams’ last statement quoted above answers the question as to why the demonic powers use entertainers. Their goal is to promote evil and darkness and increase mankind’s rebellion against God.

Or maybe members of the sane people community would know that Williams was saying that in Olden Times, superstitious, unsophisticated folk used to label just about anything out of the ordinary as “demonic,” and that he was not “admitting” that he loved to dance skyclad with the Faerie Folk and to summon the helper imps of the Great Hornéd One so they could all have a Hollywood Orgy. Mind you, if Williams did dance skyclad, he’d have at least kept warm, since the man had as much body hair as Chewbacca.

Schimmel, of course, is pushing an informative DVD called “Hollywood Unmasked 2″ for only $19.95 (or you can buy it and part 1 for a special low-low price), but it would be wrong to think he’s just capitalizing on Williams’s death — what part of “Ministry” did you not understand? Did Jesus not build your hot rod? And with the excerpt at WND, Schimmel’s pushing They Sold Their Souls For Rock N Roll, a three-hour DVD, for the special Dead Entertainer price of only $15.95, and there’s nothing ghoulish about that, either.

We’d say something about the how the real cause of Williams’s problems wasn’t demons but depression, complicated by a recent diagnosis of Parkinsons, but Schimmel already advises us that there is no such thing as a medical treatment for depression:

Depression can have many sources, but has only one ultimate remedy. True joy can only come from a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the infilling of His Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is manifold and includes love and joy. Let us remember that there are a lot of hurting people out there like Robin Williams, who are filled with hopelessness and despair. May God make us sensitive to their needs and help us to show them His great love through our concern, willingness to help and sharing the gospel.

Also, please buy some shitty Jesus DVDs, amen.

[WND and via MediaMatters]

Read more at Wonkette:


The Science Behind Suicide Contagion

When Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962, with the cause listed as probable suicide, the nation reacted. In the months afterward, there was extensive news coverage, widespread sorrow and a spate of suicides. According to one study, the suicide rate in the United States jumped by 12 percent compared with the same months in the previous year.

Mental illness is not a communicable disease, but there’s a strong body of evidence that suicide is still contagious. Publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people. Analysis suggests that at least 5 percent of youth suicides are influenced by contagion.

People who kill themselves are already vulnerable, but publicity around another suicide appears to make a difference as they are considering their options. The evidence suggests that suicide “outbreaks” and “clusters” are real phenomena; one death can set off others. There’s a particularly strong effect from celebrity suicides.

Red the rest:

 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255


From NBC News

Robin Williams seemed to have it all: fame, wealth, an Oscar, an adoring and passionate fan following — but he also had a history of battling demons.

Throughout Williams’ 40-year career, his personal life was marked by extreme swings from cocaine-induced hallucinations — vividly and profanely detailed in a famous 1986 one-man show — to severe depression, which his publicist said he was battling when he was found dead Monday at his California home at age 63. While many psychologists and pop culture analysts speculated that Williams had bipolar disorder, Williams is not known to have ever said so in public himself.

Success came early to Williams. He was one of only two students admitted to the advanced acting program at The Juilliard School in 1973, and the next year, he was playing the role that would make him famous: the zany alien Mork in an episode of “Happy Days,” which led to his own sitcom, “Mork & Mindy.”

He never seemed to have full control of his fame, however. Williams talked of having become addicted to cocaine while he was appearing on “Mork & Mindy.” By 1982, he was doing coke with John Belushi, whom he visited the night Belushi died of an overdose, according to testimony before the grand jury that investigated Belushi’s death.

Cocaine, Williams told People magazine in 1988, “was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down.”

In his 1986 one-man show at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Williams revealed that he’d managed to get clean. But it was a crushing realization that the change wasn’t a miraculous one. “I realized when I became a former alcoholic, I was the same a**hole,” he said.

But he was clean and successful for two decades — the longest stretch of his career. All of his Academy Award nominations came during that period: He won the 1997 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting,” and picked up Best Actor nominations for “Good Morning, Vietnam,” in 1987, for “Dead Poets Society” in 1989, and for “The Fisher King” in 1991.

“I had 20 years sober before I relapsed,” Williams told fellow comedian Marc Maron in a 2010 interview.

That was in 2006, when Williams entered rehab for the first time publicly. “It’s trying to fill the hole. It’s fear,” he told Maron. “You’re kind of going, ‘What am I doing in my career? … Where do you go next?'”

“You know, I was shameful,” he told The Guardian in 2008. “You do stuff that causes disgust, and that’s hard to recover from. You can say, ‘I forgive you’ and all that stuff, but it’s not the same as recovering from it.”

Then, in 2009, Williams underwent open-heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to replace two valves and regulate his heartbeat. According to the clinic, major heart surgery often leaves patients with depression, which can sometimes “prevent you from leading a normal life.”

Especially susceptible, the clinic says, are patients who experience high levels of stress or life transitions — which certainly describes the twice-divorced, addicted, lone-man-on-a-tightrope performer named Robin Williams.

Williams returned to rehab last month — this time, he said, not because he’d relapsed again, but because he wanted to make sure his recovery stuck.

– M. Alex Johnson

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