Lil Scrappy believes that marijuana is the culprit behind his downfalls. After being slapped with a mandatory 30-day rehab sentence for failing his latest drug test, a change could very well be on the horizon for the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star.
Before beginning treatment yesterday (May 29), the 29-year-old (and his lawyer) stopped by Atlanta's V103 radio station to detail the toll his weed addiction has taken on his life. "I can't keep going through this," he said. "I'm tired."
"At this point Scrappy has gone through a lot," his attorney added. "He's at a point where we've just tried to surround him with some brothers who will encourage him to stay on the right path."
Scrappy admitted to smoking weed every day since the age of 12 as a way to deal with stress. Placing the blame on himself, and not the legal system, the reality star realized he had a problem when he couldn't refrain from using drugs, even while staring down jail time. "That's how I know I'm addicted, I couldn't even stop," he explained. "I wanted to, but I couldn't stop."
A day in the life of the Atlanta native usually consisted of waking up, praying, then rolling a blunt. "I always gotta blow one [a blunt]. Get nervous? Gotta blow one. Having a good time? Gotta blow one. It's just an addiction situation. I'm trying to get that off my hand, 'cuz I wanna be addicted to other things. Positive things."
According to a 2010 Psychology Today report, only about 10 to 30 percent of regular marijuana users will develop a dependency to the drug. Of those, only 9 percent will have a serious addiction. Although not known to induce chemical dependency, weed, as Scrappy indicated, is psychologically addictive and can result in various withdrawal symptoms including aggression, anxiety, depression and a decreased appetite.
Scrappy hopes time away will help him turn to other methods to function. "I'm really just trying to leave everything alone and just take the natural high, the natural happiness, and good feeling that God give[s] you."
The rapper, legally known as Darryl Richardson, released an additional statement to WSBTV.com, vowing to become stronger over the next month. "It is my hope that my time away from my family and especially my little girl, my daughter, will make me a better man."
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