“For me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter.”
~ Amanda Bynes
This is the second in a three-part series about Amanda Bynes drug addiction and recovery.
Amanda Bynes and Adderall: Losing Focus
“I definitely abused Adderall… I used to chew the Adderall tablets because I thought they made me [more] high [that way]. I remember chewing on a bunch of them and literally being scatterbrained and not being able to focus on my lines or memorize them for that matter.”
~ Amanda Bynes
After filming “She’s the Man” in 2006, a movie where she had to dress in male drag, Bynes fell into a months-long deep depression. “I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” she says.
And when she heard that the prescription ADHD drug Adderall was the “new skinny pill”, Bynes said to herself, “Well, I have to get my hands on that.” Significantly, Adderall is also a stimulant, just like the molly, ecstasy, and cocaine that Bynes was already using.
Bynes admits that she then went to a psychiatrist and faked the symptoms of ADHD to get a prescription. In that, she is not alone—95% of young adults who abuse Adderall fake having ADHD.
Amanda Bynes and Drugs: Career Impact
“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. 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.”
~ Amanda Bynes
The drug use started to take its toll, professionally. In 2010, Bynes walked off the set of Hall Pass. Depending upon the source, she either quit or was fired. Bynes insists she left because of “the mixture of being so high that I couldn’t remember my lines and not liking my appearance.”
She quit acting after her next movie, making the announcement on Twitter.
Significantly, paranoia and psychosis are symptoms of both marijuana and stimulant abuse.
In the concluding third part, we chronicle Amanda Bynes’ total descent into drug addiction, and her triumphant recovery and return.
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