What caused DJ AM reportedly to relapse into drug use?

DJ-AM-The latest reports on DJ AM's death from law enforcement officials indicate that his demise was not a suicide but an accidental overdose of drugs.

What caused DJ AM's re[ported descent back into drug use?

Addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky says pain medications probably caused the former drug addict to relapse. "It very slowly and subtly reawakens addiction," he told the Associated Press as reported in US magazine. "I'm not saying it was inappropriately prescribed, I'm saying he didn't know the risks."

DJ AM, whose legal name was Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his apartment Friday with a crack pipe and prescription pills, TMZ reports.

Goldstein had been sober for more than a decade, but TMZ reports that he was believed to be taking anxiety and pain medication for the severe burns and emotional damage from a 2008 plane crash. An understandable fear of flying caused him to take sedatives 

The DJ had publicly talked about his addictions to crack cocaine and Ecstasy. But he was working on his own drug recovery MTV series, "Gone Too Far," set to air in October. 

MTV has not announced whether it will air any episodes. 

Perhaps his death will serve a purpose to remind recovering addicts that it is so easy and so dangerous to go back to drug use. 

Has anyone else in recovery suffered a relapse due to prescriptions for pain killers or antianxiety medications?

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