Lil' Scrappy Goes to Rehab for Marijuana Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 05/30/13

The rapper hopes to put his arrest record behind him and work on being "a better person."

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Rapper Lil' Scrappy (real name: Darryl Kevin Richardson II), perhaps best known as one of the stars of VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, checked into rehab yesterday to address his "out of control" marijuana addiction. He will remain in treatment for the next 30 days at a facility in Atlanta, home to the well-known Talbott Recovery Campus. During a press conference yesterday, the 29-year-old acknowledged his addiction and said he hoped treatment will help prevent more long-term issues. "I'm not just trying to cure the feeling for right now," he said. "The only good I get out of [pot] is the feeling for the time being. After that, it's trouble... [this is] one step on my road to recovery. I take it on faith that it's the best thing for me and my family." In a radio interview yesterday, the rapper said that marijuana had made him "lazy," and added: "I want to be a better person." Richardson was arrested for felony gun and marijuana possession in 2008 and later received a three-year probation sentence, but violated the terms of that by failing a court-ordered drug test last March and refusing to provide another sample. He then failed a court-ordered drug screening last week. Although his arrest is chronicled in part on Love & Hip Hop, Richardson insisted it wasn't a publicity stunt and refused to place blame on anyone else. "I don't blame the judicial system for me being in my situation," the rapper said. "I've put all fingers on myself. I have a willpower that God blessed me with, but I wasn't able to use it because of my addiction." His attorney, Maluwi Mel Davis, said he hoped Richardson's determination to get clean will set a positive example for youth in the Atlanta area.

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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.