Addiction and the Presleys

Addiction and the Presleys

Addiction and the Presleys

It’s one of the most famous celebrity deaths, rocking the rock n’ roll world when its king passed due to cardiac arrest.

Though the King of Rock and Roll’s death wasn’t directly due to opioids like many other celebrity overdoses, the painkillers and other opiates laid the groundwork for Elvis’s early death. In a recent interview and self-penned forward to a book about addiction in America, his daughter Lisa Marie Presley candidly spoke about her own difficulties with opioids, it seems addiction is a common struggle for this famous family.

Elvis Presley, Addiction, and His Death

When most people think of Elvis’ cause of death, they think about its embarrassing location - his bathroom. It is believed that the famous singer’s death was caused by straining too hard in the bathroom which pushed his aorta and heart into cardiac arrest, causing his death. But evidence shows that Elvis’s addiction was the true culprit - the opioids, tranquilizers, and barbiturates he was abusing caused side effects like constipation and the strain combined with the digestive tract side effects of his opioid addiction were deadly.1

Lisa Marie Presley’s Addiction

While Elvis’s addiction was one contributing factor to the singer’s untimely death, his daughter has also struggled with the same difficulties. Lisa Marie Presley’s opioid addiction recently made headlines when the star openly discussed her challenges and recovery. The star was prescribed opioid painkillers after giving birth in 2008 and has worked on getting and staying sober.

"I'm not perfect. My father wasn't perfect, no one's perfect. It's what you do with it after you learn and then you try to help others with it." 2

Lisa Marie Presley’s addiction struggles show that this famous family can recover, and the reduced stigmas surrounding recovery and treatment can save lives.

Getting and Staying Sober

As Elvis Presley’s death shows, opioids and other drugs can create unwanted side effects that can become deadly. Treatment can help change your life or the life of a loved one for the better. Lisa Marie Presley proudly stands among celebrities in recovery who are working to reduce the stigmas surrounding addiction and recovery.

If you are struggling with addiction or if you have a loved one who is struggling, our team at Banyan Boca is here to help. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our treatment programs and detox services.


  1. PBS - Elvis’ addiction was the perfect prescription for an early death
  2. CNN - Lisa Marie Presley writes about her opioid addiction
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