Chris Brown Blames 'Hood Cocktail' Addiction For Bad Behavior

By McCarton Ackerman 11/04/14

The controversial artist laid the blame for his abhorrent behavior on his alleged addiction rather than on himself.

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Controversial singer Chris Brown is blaming his angry rants and violent behavior in recent years on an addiction to a “hood cocktail” he claims took over his life.

Brown spent more than three months in jail this year after being kicked out of court-ordered rehab just weeks after getting into a fight outside of a hotel in Washington D.C., which was a violation of his probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He said that he was hooked on a cough syrup concoction that fused codeine-based cough syrup with Xanax and soda, leading him to behave erratically and often unable to fulfill his business commitments.

“I was falling asleep on video sets, I was cussing people out randomly. I was doing crazy stuff,” he told New York’s Hot 97 Radio. "I was doing crazy stuff. I would wake up and be like, 'Aye, man, what time we shooting this video?' And they would be like, 'Dude, we shot it yesterday.' I'd be like, 'Damn!'"

But despite numerous run-ins with the law and being sentenced to court-ordered rehab, it wasn’t until Brown arrived in prison after violating his probation that he knew something had to change. "As time progressed, I was like, let me chill out. I don't want to be a zombie when I meet people. Or say the wrong thing, or end up punching somebody or doing something I did...because I was under the influence of some bull."

At the peak of his bad boy behavior, Brown would post photos of his drug use to Twitter and Instagram. He made headlines in January 2012 after posting a photo to Instagram with three blunts in his mouth while on tour in Amsterdam. He violated his probation after testing positive for pot that September, but he claimed to have taken the drug while in California, where he has a medical marijuana card.

Meanwhile his former flame, Rihanna, has been reportedly struggling with addictions to both drugs and people. In addition to routinely posting photos of herself smoking joints last year on Instagram, she reportedly sought 12-Step style help to rid herself of Brown that June at the "Women's Love and Sex Addiction Treatment Program,” located at The Ranch, a clinic in Tennessee. The inpatient program helps women who struggle with "attracting troubled, addicted, abusive or otherwise emotionally unavailable partners."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.