SNL’s Pete Davidson Realized “It Wasn’t The Weed” In Rehab

By Victoria Kim 09/27/18

“I was sober for 3 months at one point and I was like this f— sucks.”

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In a recent interview, Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson expanded on his decision to return to smoking weed after a brief period of sobriety made him realize he was “never sadder.”

The 24-year-old Staten Island native told Howard Stern on Monday (Sept. 24) that he needed rehab to gain control of his marijuana use, but ultimately, could not live without it.

“There was no way I could stop. I was like somebody has to put me in a house where there is literally nothing. I had too much access,” Davidson said. The comedian entered a treatment program in December 2016.

He said in 2017: “I never really did any other drugs, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna try to go to rehab. Maybe that’ll be helpful.’”

But once he was in treatment, he said “it wasn’t the weed.”

“I was sober for 3 months at one point and I was like this f— sucks,” he told Stern. Davidson said in a past interview with Pete Rosenberg that he was “never sadder and everything was just way worse” during this period of abstinence.

But at first, he seemed to enjoy the immediate effects of quitting marijuana. In a since-deleted Instagram post from March 2017, he said, “I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years. It wasn’t easy but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man.”

But later he would be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD)—the reason why, he explained, he feels "depressed all the time.”

“This whole year has been a f— nightmare,” he said in September of last year. “This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with [BPD] and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”

Davidson has been candid about his marijuana use and how it helps him cope with BPD as well as Crohn’s disease.

“I have Crohn’s disease, so it helps more than you can imagine,” he told Stern. “There was a point where I couldn’t get out of bed. I was 110 pounds.”

He told High Times in a past interview: “I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me, and seeing all these doctors and trying new things, weed would be the only thing that would help me eat.”

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