USA: Reefer Madness…only a myth, right?

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DECEMBER 3, 2018

Amanda Bynes made headlines last week, sharing her story for the cover of Paper Magazine.  Her optimistic tale of recovery repeats in People Magazine, which published portions of the interview. Amanda admitted that she began drug abuse starting with marijuana, age 16.  She continued pot use and also used Molly, Ecstasy and Adderall.

An article from four years ago quoted her mother explaining the former child star’s odd, unpredictable behaviors at the time.   In 2014, Lynn Bynes told TMZ, “She has no mental illness whatsoever.”   The gossip mills were claiming otherwise, suggesting that Amanda had schizophrenia.  It was clear that her mother attributed Amanda’s hospitalization to marijuana and cannabis use disorder.

In Paper, Amanda explains how she spiraled downward. Overdosing on Adderall was behind one of her episodes and marijuana was behind the second time she flipped out.  She gave up acting.  “I literally couldn’t stand my appearance in that movie and I didn’t like my performance. I was absolutely convinced I needed to stop acting after seeing it,” Bynes explains. “I was high on marijuana when I saw that but for some reason it really started to affect me. I don’t know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it affected my brain in a different way than it affects other people. It absolutely changed my perception of things.”

On Instagram, she wrote “I have no fear of the future.  I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived……it’s only up from here.”  Amanda plans to finish a degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology and perhaps go into fashion design or back into acting.   Her recovery inspires us and it can give hope to others!

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