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Lady Gaga Comes Clean About Her Marijuana Addiction

It’s not every day that a mega-celebrity, in this case Lady Gaga, speaks candidly about her personal battle with marijuana. But she told all about her tenure as queen of sexy-crazy and now, high. “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told a radio talk show host in New York City.

There are those within the drug and alcohol recovery community who do not believe that marijuana is addictive or even problematic. Marijuana addiction has often been reduced to weak willpower. However, marijuana is addictive, just not in the same way as other substances. Time magazine elaborates, “Because marijuana cessation is not linked with such severe symptoms, the drug isn’t seen as physically addictive. And considering that most people view physical addiction as uncontrollable, but psychological addiction as manageable with proper willpower, marijuana tends not to be regarded as addictive in general.”

It is true that there is a lower addiction rate among marijuana users compared with other drugs, but the potential for addiction is still real, not only evidenced by Lady Gaga; in fact, the DSM-V now recognizes marijuana withdrawal as a medical condition.

Especially today. Marijuana is more addictive than it ever was. High potency strains now commonly available are leaving even experienced smokers reeling. Also, super-potent cannabis-derived concentrates are surfacing, leaving many in the recovery community concerned. One example of this is an emerging form of marijuana concentrate known as BHO or “butane hash oil” which is consumed by “dabbing.”

Marijuana use is prominent and widespread and with new laws that protect distribution, it has become increasingly socially acceptable.
The lax views of marijuana and its affects have influenced me personally. I grew up in a community that condoned marijuana use and subsequently in a household that abhorred it. The discrepancies of what I was told about marijuana use, inside and outside my home, was ultimately confusing. To many users, especially the youth, society constantly reinforces the notion that pot is okay. Not everyone is lucky to have a family open to discussion about drug use. I was lucky since my household helped to curb my addiction and keep me in check. When a cultural icon such as Lady Gaga speaks about her own experience, openly and honestly, it takes an issue hidden beneath stigma and stereotype and brings it to light. If nothing else is accomplished by Lady Gaga’s confession, at least the issues of marijuana and drug addiction are made real and brought to light by a role model to many.

 

 

Image credit: By marcen27 from Glasgow, UKUploaded by C.Jonel (Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa 6) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sources:

Chan, Amanda L. “Lady Gaga Says She’s Addicted To Marijuana: Is It Possible?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

“Is “Dabbing” the Crack of Pot?” Thefix.com. The Fix, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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