Courtney Love Thanks Gwyneth Paltrow for Drug Help

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Courtney Love has found an unlikely ally in Gwyneth Paltrow. The lead singer of Hole told Britain’s Grazia magazine that the actress inspired her to kick a messy addiction to Adderall.

Love admitted to previously abusing prescription medication in 2011 when she was in a very public row with daughter, Frances Bean, but claimed she had a doctor’s note for Adderall this time. “I was a mess. I needed to get off it,” she said. “Some crazy psychiatrist told me I needed it and I was writing all these crazy long emails and no one could understand what I was on about. I was alienating my friends.”

“It wasn’t Trainspotting-hard but it was psychological. I had a lot of sex.”-Courtney Love

Paltrow was the only one of Love’s friends to address her bizarre emails, writing her back and simply asking if she was “OK for cash and lawyers.” After reading the message, Love said she spent the next week kicking the drug. “It wasn’t Trainspotting-hard but it was psychological. I had a lot of sex,” she said. “And then I replied to Gwyneth and said, ‘I am not going to answer those questions’ – cause, you know, I wasn’t OK for cash or lawyers – ‘but that you asked, I will never forget.'”

Love has had very public tribulations with drug abuse. She became addicted to heroin in the early ‘90s, but got clean after landing a role in The People vs. Larry Flynt. She later endured numerous drug-related arrests from 2004 to 2006, resulting in a six-month lockdown rehab sentence due to her probation violations. She declared that she was sober in 2007, but has relapsed more than once in the years since then.

About Adderall Abuse

Adderall is a prescription medication popular at college campuses for use as a study aid, but many of these students end up addicted to the powerful stimulant.

Roughly 6.4 percent of full-time college students between ages 18 and 22 abuse Adderall, compared to three percent of non-college students.

Roughly 6.4 percent of full-time college students between ages 18 and 22 abuse Adderall, compared to three percent of non-college students. These non-medical Adderall users are also three times more likely to have used marijuana in the past year (79.9 percent vs. 27.2 percent) and eight times more likely to have used cocaine (28.9 percent vs. 3.6 percent). Roughly 90 percent of non-medical Adderall users are also reported binge drinkers.

Because Adderall is an amphetamine, there is a high risk for abuse and addiction. Those who misuse the medication often take more than prescribed or crush the pill and snort it. Adderall addicts also often develop an extreme psychological dependence on the drug or may spend excessive amounts of time and energy obtaining it. Warning signs of an Adderall addiction can occur when a person experiences withdrawal symptoms after ceasing use.

Adderall withdrawal side effects can include:

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Trembling
  • Stomach cramps


If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription pill abuse, consider looking for addiction treatment centers in your area. Call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? and speak to a recovery advisor today.

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