Lady Gaga: Addicted to Pot
Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day.
“I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why. I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga said. Gaga admitted that she had a history of addiction to other substances and she “lily pad(s) from substance to substance” when she gets to the point that she can’t get the effects she wants anymore. “I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live,” she said.
Marijuana Addiction: Is it Real?
While research has shown that the percentage of people who try marijuana and become addicted to it is small, it is possible to get hooked on the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of marijuana users become dependent on the drug, with that percentage going up for people who begin using the drug in adolescence.
Marijuana withdrawal, called cannabis withdrawal in the recently released fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V)) has long been recognized as a mental health problem. It affects people who stop using marijuana after long-term use and is characterized by anxiety, difficulty sleeping, irritability and aggression. And while it’s impossible to die from a marijuana overdose like you would from other illicit and dangerous drugs, such as heroin, dependence on marijuana can cause disruptions to people’s lives.
What is Marijuana Addiction?
Traditionally, people have argued that marijuana has no addictive properties because it doesn’t affect its users like heroin or other opiates do. These arguments are based on so-called evidence that pot simply is not physically addictive like other “harder” drugs, which lead to tolerance and withdrawal effects in users. But psychiatrists are no longer making a distinction between biological and psychological addiction because both can have equally detrimental effects. After all, addiction really is about not just physical dependence but the mental obsession to use that leads to the compulsive using behaviors.
Key characteristics of an addiction include the inability to abstain from using the substance, behavioral impairment, cravings and diminished recognition of chronic, increasing problems because of abusing the substance. Not only do marijuana addicts fit into each of these categories, but in the most serious cases, pot addicts who seek treatment have destroyed their families and social relationships, are in serious financial trouble, show signs of memory impairment and have emotional issues due to abusing marijuana.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a marijuana addiction or other drug addiction, call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. Palm Partners can help.