Just like most of the people hooked on drugs, she also enjoyed crystal meth when she started it. However, hallucinations – sometimes about infrared cameras and bunnies and sometimes about being tracked by the FBI, the CIA and even the SWAT – made it difficult for her. The Black Eyed Peas singer, Stacey Ann Ferguson aka Fergie, has always been candid about her addiction problem. However, as she is out with her first solo album in a decade, Fergie opened up more than she intended to in a recent interview to iNews.
Having always been open about the struggles she has undergone owing to her addiction, Fergie spoke in detail about how the addiction affected her mentally. The 42-year-old mother of one talked about the frightening hallucinations she suffered while under the influence and how her paranoia about being shadowed by the agencies like FBI, CIA and SWAT helped her in quitting drugs.
“At my lowest point, I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny,” Fergie said in the interview.
The next step
Once decided to quit meth abuse, Fergie has stuck to her resolve and has since been sober. Having gone through severe health complications, she has chosen to convert that low phase of her life as a learning experience. “The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t. But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better,” she said.
Having released her second studio album Double Dutchess in September 2017, Fergie is now a devoted mom to the four-year-old son, Axl Duhamel, and has nothing but kind things to say about her ex-husband and co-parent Josh Duhamel.
Meth and its effects
Usually a semi-transparent white or blue colored crystal, meth is a widely abused substance, which has various ill effects on the user’s health. There might be limited therapeutic use, such as in case of intractable ADHD and severe obesity, meth is more harmful than being useful.
When used over a long period, crystal meth is said to cause symptoms like severe anxiety, paranoia, and insomnia and causes the person to develop thoughts about either suicide, or even homicide. In some cases, if taken in large dosage, even a short-term use can cause adverse effects like erratic and violent behavior.
As per the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 667,000 Americans aged 12 or more were the current users of methamphetamine. In fact, meth abuse is a global problem. According to a projection by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), nearly 500 metric tons of amphetamine-type stimulants are produced annually world over, while nearly 25 million people abuse it.
Treatment and relapse
For someone who has been using meth for a long time, quitting the drug could be a very uncomfortable process and may even cause many users to give in to a relapse. To deal with the withdrawal symptoms, a medically supervised detox program under expert guidance becomes important. However, detoxification just paves the way for treatment, as recovery is a long-term process which requires a strong desire to stay sober, and Fergie’s is a case in point.
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