Noah Cyrus has opened up about her struggle with addiction. The 22-year-old singer tells Rolling Stone that she has been in recovery from a Xanax addiction since 2012.

Cyrus claims that she tried Xanax for the first time when she was 18 years old. Her boyfriend offered it to her, and she took it. The drug is commonly prescribed for panic attacks and anxiety.

When I was 18 years old, my boyfriend was the one who gave me Xanax. It became a way for us to bond," she tells The Outlet. 

I believe I wanted to be like him. I wanted to do what he wanted, what he thought was cool, and what I thought everyone was doing.

Cyrus said that besides taking the drug to fit in, "Once it was possible to silence some things out for a moment and numb your suffering, it was over."

Cyrus felt the effects of the drug quickly and easily, thanks to the ease with which her friends were able to obtain it.

She says, "I was surrounded with people who were easily capable of getting it by buying from people."

Soon, however, Cyrus' Xanax addiction turned into "this dark pit and bottomless pit", in which she slept all day, couldn't remember which day it was, and had memory problems.

Cyrus's addiction reached its peak in 2020 when COVID-19 was introduced. She began to experience nausea during interviews and struggled with her grief over the loss of her maternal grandmother.

She says that she felt guilty about not being there for her funeral. "I was physically there, but I wasn't there emotionally." It was impossible for me to be.

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