It can be extremely difficult for an individual to admit that he or she is suffering from a drug addiction, purely because of the stigma that surrounds addiction. Many have the impression that those who find themselves addicted to these harmful substances are bad people and should be treated as such. However, this is not the way to tackle addiction as it can result in addicts hiding their addiction and consequently prolonging their suffering by not getting the support required to overcome the addiction.

The Addiction Which Shocked the Fans

X Factor contestant Honey G has been branded as 2016’s ‘novelty act’, resulting in her being this year’s most popular act. However, the rapper from North London has shocked fans by revealing that she has struggled with a drug addiction in an interview with The Sun. She said, “I’m hardcore, and I’m totally real. I did class A drugs.” She has since told the newspaper that she does ‘not do Class A drugs anymore’.

Addiction-free and Sober

In the interview, Honey G explained, “The thing about me is there is actually a story behind me and my life. It’s not like ‘Hi I’ve just turned up on X Factor.’ There was a summer where I was going through a bit of a hard time, and I ended up hanging out with people and, basically, we spent the whole time smoking weed. I ended up writing a song about the fact that I spent that whole summer smoking pot. It isn’t a lie – basically, it is actually true. I do not do Class A drugs anymore. A pill, a bit of coke, I would not touch that nowadays.”


Singer Lily Allen recently branded Honey G as ‘offensive’, which sparked a torrent of abuse toward the aspiring rapper. However, despite this, bookmakers have dramatically cut the odds of Honey G coming in the top 3 of X Factor. Popular betting company William Hill has put her at 11/2 of coming third while Coral have slashed their odds from 100/1 to just 10/1 for her to win the show.

Last weekend, the shows well-known critic Simon Cowell told Honey G that she was ‘fun and believable’ after her performance. The popular singing contest is now approaching its sixth week of live shows, and just seven acts are remaining.

Fame and Drug Addiction

Many celebrities around the world are currently suffering, or have at one point in their lives suffered, from some form of addiction. We only know about the ones who choose to speak out about the issue; there are likely many more suffering in silence as they do not want to be branded a ‘bad role model’ by the public.

The media will often portray addicts in this way, which is a common contributor to the misconception that addicts are not good people. Nevertheless, addiction is an illness of the brain that causes the individual to become obsessed with the substance; no one chooses to be addicted, so why would we treat these people any differently to someone that has an illness such as the flu or even cancer?

Help When Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Addiction

The thought of seeking help with an addiction can seem daunting for many affected individuals. Nonetheless, this is the best approach and one that is most likely going to push the affected person into recovery. At Recovery Lighthouse, our aim is to ensure that you successfully overcome your addiction in a safe and comfortable environment.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from an addiction, we can help you. Do not hesitate to contact us today with any queries you may have; we will be more than happy to help.

Source: “I have struggled with drug addiction“, X Factor’s Honey G says (The Guardian)