Over this past Father’s Day weekend, actress Selma Blair and her ex-boyfriend Jason Bleick took their 4-year-old son Arthur on vacation to a beautiful resort in Mexico. The weekend was filled with laughter and joy from the moment the reconnected family departed for Cancun, up until the three boarded the Delta Airlines return flight to Los Angeles.
While the plane was in route to Los Angeles, Blair took it upon herself to ingest a “currently unidentified” pill. It is quite common for people to take medications when traveling via airplane, whether it be for anxiety, nausea, migraines, sleeping, or an overall fear of flying. Medications that treat these symptoms can be very effective when taken as prescribed and as they are intended, but occasionally people have poor judgement and mix these medications with alcohol.
Depending on the medication in question and the amount of alcohol consumed, the combination of these two substances will not only cause a negative reaction and unpleasant side effects, but may also lead to blackouts, and in some cases, death. Unfortunately, Blair’s irresponsible decision to consume both wine and pills caused her to blackout and lash out, making irrational comments and disrupting the flight entirely. Due to her incoherent and unstable behavior, Delta was forced to make the executive decision to have her removed from the aircraft on a stretcher and taken the nearest hospital once the plane had safely landed and reached its designated gate. Fellow passengers onboard the flight recounted statements Blair made during her outburst, stating that she was shouting, “He burns my private parts. He won’t let me eat or drink. He beats me. He’s going to kill me.”
For anyone, especially someone in the public eye, this would not only be mortifying, but would also cause the individual to feel deep regret and shame. An occurrence like this should serve as a wakeup call for and addiction story, and Blair was quick to address the event and apologize to the public. The following day, Blair told Vanity Fair, “I made a big mistake yesterday. After a lovely trip with my son and his Dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret. My son was with his Dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace. I take this very seriously, and I apologize to all of the passengers and crew that I disturbed and am thankful to all of the people who helped me in the aftermath. I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes and am filled with shame over this incident. I am truly very sorry.”
It is clear that Blair feels deep remorse for her actions, and will likely not put herself in that situation again in the future. Although it has still not been made clear what medication Blair took that day, it is likely that the pill was a prescription drug used to treat either anxiety, depression, sleep problems, or pain. When taken in combination with alcohol, these four types of drugs are all known to cause blackouts and unusual behavior, similar to the symptoms Blair had experienced.
Mixing alcohol with any medication will typically result in negative side effects and potentially enhance one’s level of intoxication. Alcohol should never under any circumstances be used in combination with prescription medication, and this incident involving Selma Blair is an excellent representation of that. If you or someone you know is mixing pills with alcohol, it is important to remain alert in case medical assistance is required. In addition, if you or your loved one struggles with substance abuse or addiction, it is important to pick up the phone and speak with an addiction specialist to learn more about the options for drug and alcohol treatment.
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