“I just had no purpose in life. I’d been working my whole life and [now] I was doing nothing…I got really into my drug usage and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”
~ Amanda Bynes
This is the conclusion of a three-part series.
Amanda Bynes Loses Control
“I really feel ashamed all of how those substances made me act…it was like an alien had literally invaded my body.”
Now that she was no longer working as an actress, Bynes started hanging around with a seedier crowd and her life became a daily cycle of “waking and baking”. In her own words, she says she would be stoned all day long, because all she “was just stuck at home, getting high, watching TV, and tweeting”.
Not surprisingly, as she used more drugs, her life spiraled out of control:
- April 2012: Bynes’ vehicle collided with a police car and she was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
- May 2013: Bynes was arrested for possession and reckless endangerment when she threw her bong out of her high-rise apartment.
- Because of her erratic behavior during the arrest, Bynes underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
- September 2013: Bynes started a fire in a random stranger’s driveway.
- As a result, she was placed in a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold.
- After evaluation, the hold was extended for two more weeks.
- On the grounds that Bynes was paranoid and was a danger to herself, her parents were granted conservatorship over her.
- She was then transferred to a private rehab facility where she remained until December 2013.
Amanda Bynes: Back on Track
“The fact that Amanda is living on her own, making her own decisions and future plans is something her parents are so proud of. Finally, she is surrounded by friend and companions she can trust and really open up to.”
~ Tamar Arminak, family lawyer
After her release from the facility, Bynes maintained a low-profile, largely stayed off social medium, and generally just focused on staying clean. By mid-2017 , she had improved enough to regain control over her own finances. While her parents still make the decisions about her physical and mental health, Bynes is in a much better place than she was just a few short years ago.
In a new interview, Bynes reveals that she has been sober for the past four years and she is ready to make her return to acting.
What Can We Learn?
“…be really careful because drugs can really take a hold of your life…(My) days of experimenting [with substances] are long over. I’m not sad about it and I don’t miss it.”
~ Amanda Bynes 2018
The most important takeaway from the cautionary tale of Amanda Barnes is that ANYONE can be a victim of the terrible disease of addiction, even someone who is young, beautiful, talented, popular, successful, and rich.
The next takeaway is how addiction is a progressive disease that ALWAYS gets worse without outside intervention. For Amanda Bynes it took the combined influence of law enforcement, the court system, her parents, addiction specialists, and mental health professionals to help her step back and regain control of their own life.
Next, we see that there is no such thing as “safe” drug use, especially for teenagers and young adults. Amanda Bynes’ descent into hardcore drug use and self-destructive behaviors is a textbook example of the complete havoc wrought by drug abuse.
But finally, and most importantly, we learn that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. Amanda Bynes was almost lost to substance use, but here she is today, healthier and happier than she has been in years. She is proof that timely intervention, effective treatment, strong family support, and dedicated lifestyle changes are the best weapons in the fight against addiction.
For her part, Amanda Barnes is hopeful, saying, “I have no fear of the future. I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it’s only up from here.”
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