In an interview with Ladies Home Journal, Paula Abdul talked about how she finally got over her addiction to pain killers. Apparently this addiction was the reason she was slurring her words and was difficult to understand. Paula still says she never filmed an episode of American Idol while under the influence of pain medication. So, what exactly was her cutoff time? Does she consider not taking one while on the air not being under the influence?
She says she was dependent on heavy doses of pain medication for 12 years, but last Thanksgiving went to La Costa Resort and Spa and decided she didn't need them anymore.
"I could have killed myself....Withdrawal -- it's the worst thing," she says. "I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating. But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been."
According to Paula, the reason she sometimes seemed like she might have been out of it was this combination of drugs. "Paula wore a patch that delivered a pain medication about 80 times more potent than morphine and took a nerve medication to relieve her symptoms. Sometimes she took a muscle relaxer. But the pain was so bad it often left her sleepless and she would, as she says, "get weird."
80 times more powerful than morphine? Seriously? That would definitely cause a reaction. I haven't watched the show this year. Does she still slur? Is she making up the part about being clean?