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Idol judge Paula: I was hooked on painkillers; ADDICTION.

Byline: LIZ HODGSON

AMERICAN Idol judge Paula Abdul has revealed she used to be addicted to prescription pills.

The 46-year-old pop singer admitted she was hooked on painkillers for 12 years after a series of serious injuries.

She checked into the La Costa Resort and Spa in California last November to free herself from the dependency.

Abdul said: "I could have killed myself. Withdrawal - it's the worst thing.

"I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain. It was excruciating.

"But I did not like existing the way I had been."

Abdul, who also used Chinese medicine, claimed the dependency came about after she injured her back when she was a 17-year-old cheerleader.

She was also involved in a plane crash in 1993 in which she hurt her neck.

In 2005 she was diagnosed with sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, a chronic condition, for which she was prescribed a pain patch, nerve medication and sometimes a muscle relaxant

But Abdul said that the combination made her "get weird" .

Now she feels 96 per cent better thanks to her 15th operation, yoga and spiritual workshops.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 7, 2009
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