Chaka Khan at the 2008 Sony/BMG Grammy After Party held at the BBack in the 1980s, Chaka Khan burst onto the scene with “I Feel For You,” a song written, and first performed, by Prince. The world was shocked when the diminutive singer died on April 21, 2016, but it seems like Chaka has been moved on an entirely different level.

Prescription Overdose

Prince was known for his clean living. He didn’t eat meat, did not drink alcohol, and was not known to abuse drugs. Unfortunately, what the world did not know is that he was battling an addiction to prescription painkillers and, ultimately, it cost him his life.

Chaka Khan Enters Rehab

The details of Prince’s death have not been lost on Chaka Khan who has now entered into a rehabilitation program to battle her own addiction to prescription medication.

A representative for the 63-year-old artist told People magazine: “Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. “Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way. As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment, the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and commence all performances beginning August 1st and onward.”

It’s extremely brave of her to not only want to address her addiction but to also be so open and candid about it. This could help a lot of people who are experiencing similar struggles. It goes a long way to removing the stigma associated with this growing issue.

CDC Guidelines

Due to the fact that opioids are implicated in a growing number of deaths in America, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update its guidelines for their use. They are prescribed for any number of things, including to teenagers who are undergoing wisdom tooth extraction.

When possible, it’s probably better to limit or avoid using these types of medications unless absolutely necessary and for a very specific amount of time. As we are seeing, addiction to these prescriptions can develop quickly and have long-lasting, even life-threatening consequences.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with opioid dependency, speak to your healthcare professional immediately to learn more about treatment options.