He was always a pill man — that’s why nobody ever saw him do drugs.
He wasn’t really a party guy either; he was doing these drugs so he could feel at ease around people.
When I knew him he didn’t have any health problems that I knew about — he was taking the drugs because he needed them to cope, not because he was in pain.
It was pills for me, too. Amphetamines like Adderall or Ritalin, not opiates, but I was able to hide my addiction for years just like Prince.
I dabbled with opiate pills but always preferred uppers
I dabbled with opiate pills like percocet and vicodin, and I always got energy from them which I attribute to the bipolar I have. The opiate energy was nothing compared to the amphetamine rush that would last for hours taking one 30mg Adderall.
Prince never diagnosed with a mental illness
I’ve been following Prince since the early ’80s and he has exhibited so many bipolar traits to me, now that I’m finally starting to understand the disease. But Prince was always pretty reclusive, and if he was ever diagnosed with a mental illness that will be news to me.
But being so introverted for all these years, not agreeing to do interviews, not being a “party guy” and “needing to cope.” A lot of that behavior was definitely from the opiate addiction, but, from my own experience, I would have to say Prince more than likely suffered from bipolar disorder.
Up for days: I would be too
Staying up for 154 hours straight sure sounds a lot like mania. I would be up for days just like Prince was when I was at the height of my manic behavior. Of course Prince was a musical genius and was able to transfer his mania into incredible music. He was so gifted, but probably never treated for something that could have made him an even bigger legend.
R.I.P Prince, the Purple One. His revolution is sadly over too soon. I’ve learned so much about myself through his life. It’s unfortunate his world ended this way.
A couple molecules different from heroin
Molecularly, oxycodone is two carbon molecules different than street heroin
– Lexi Reed Holtum, executive director of Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
Holtum added that the effects of painkillers on a user’s brain and body are physiologically identical to those produced by heroin. And this is what the general public is failing to understand: percocet, vicodin and oxys all have similar effects running through a person’s blood and brain. If you’re prone to addiction look out.
My girlfriend (or ex-gf, depends on the day 🙂 apparently STILL gets shit from her daughter because the ex went through her daughter’s pretty sizable stash of vikes 2 years ago after I was alerted to the daughter’s heroin use with an ex-boyfriend (he’s now dead from a heroin overdose). Having a bottle of vikes on hand when you’re going through a heroin addiction could definitely be bad, especially mixing the two.
Dosing up on opiates like vicodin or percocet is “the same thing as taking street heroin,” Holtum says. I may have saved the daughter’s like, I’ll never know. She’s supposedly clean now, taking suboxone every day as prescribed. But suboxone is addictive, too, and personally I think taking it for more than 6 months can be detrimental.