Lily Allen has expanded on her 2014 revelations about her struggle with Adderall addiction. The 35-year-old revealed her drug use in a recent interview, saying she did it to slim down for her upcoming tour supporting Miley Cyrus.
“I was like 14 stone and just did not feel like a pop star at all,” she said to DJ Fat Tony on The Recovery program.
“So I started taking this drug called Adderall, which is like speed, to lose weight. And I got addicted to this drug because it made me invincible and I could work long hours and be all the people I was required to be.”
The medicine, a stimulant normally used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is only available with a doctor’s prescription, and this is not the first time Allen has mentioned taking it (ADHD).
The singer admitted to experimenting with Adderall (which is just a sort of speed) as a means of losing or maintaining her weight in her 2018 autobiography, My Thoughts Exactly.
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Lily Allen Discusses Her Adderall Addiction for Weight Loss
Allen, who got a job supporting Cyrus on her Bangerz tour to assist bolster her finances, recounted the experience in a recent interview.
Allen says she and her then-husband Sam Cooper “run out of money and I had to go out on the road again” six months after the birth of their youngest child, which occurred three years before the tour.
Allen, who was touring in support of her new album Sheezus, her first in six years, took care to prepare her image.
“It was when [Cyrus] was doing Wrecking Ball and the Bangerz tour and it was a highly se*ualized tour. I had just spent the last three years pushing babies out. It couldn’t have been less what I felt like,” Allen admitted.
“I had never supported anyone so I was re-entering this phase of being a pop star again but not doing it on my terms any more. I was supporting this girl who was much younger and more attractive than I felt, and I just started acting out in all manner of ways.”
She elaborated, “I started cheating on my husband and I had always really drunk alcohol to take the edge off of the drugs, and then I realised I was getting up in the morning and downing those mini bottles of vodka or whisky or whatever was left, without the drugs any more.”
After “seeing what happens to those who use the Class A drug,” she chose against using heroin and instead started the rehabilitation process.
Allen has been forthright about her drug use and has used it as inspiration for her songs in the past.
Her 2009 song Everyone’s At It explores the widespread use of drugs in society, and includes the lyrics: “How can we start to tackle the problem / If you don’t put our hands up / And admit that you’re on them?”
What is Adderall?
In the United States, the stimulant Adderall requires a doctor’s prescription.
It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurobehavioral illness characterized by hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.
Adderall, along with another stimulant, Ritalin, which has comparable effects, has become increasingly recommended to school-aged children during the past two decades.
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Its increased popularity among adults can be attributed to the fact that its effects—when taken by someone who does not have ADHD—are an increase in energy, concentration, and performance.
Exhausted by the rigors of parenting, Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) in a 2004 episode of Desperate Housewives begins taking Ritalin intended for her kid.
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The 2018 Netflix documentary Take Your Pills investigated the drug’s widespread use by certain populations, including students. Adderall can induce a decrease in appetite and weight loss, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and tremors.
Both Ritalin and Adderall have a significant potential for abuse and addiction, and those who regularly take them run the danger of developing a physical and mental dependency on them.
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