Mama June Shannon has been using a lot of methamphetamine. The reality star brought up her drug use in the latest episode of WE tv's Mama June: Family in Crisis while reuniting with her estranged daughter Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon. In addition to the meth, Shannon also admitted to abusing Fioricet, a prescription pain medicine primarily used to treat tension headache symptoms, and Xanax, a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
In the tearful reunion, Mama June Shannon breaks downs and states, "The only reason I sold the house, we was dead f***ing broke." She went on to say that she was using a lot of drugs with boyfriend Eugene Edward "Geno" Doak, whom Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon and the rest of the family don't like. Shannon had this to say about the amount of meth they were using, which caused her to lose the house.
"Because you know at that point we was doing quite a bit... I mean, it was a couple ounces a day... Our habit was $2,500 a day, if not more."
$2,500 worth of meth a day is an incredible amount of drugs. That's nearly $1 million in meth a year. Meth is a powerful stimulant that is able to release up to four times as much dopamine into the brain as cocaine. It's one of the cheaper drugs out there, which is why it's so dangerous. In addition, it lasts a lot longer than other street drugs, which makes Mama June Shannon's habit even more unbelievable. When thinking back on her decision to use drugs, she said that she "got high because" she "wanted to."
Mama June Shannon also admitted that this wasn't something that came out of the blue. "It wasn't something that just started, and oh my God, I started using drugs, you found out that I got busted. It wasn't," she told her daughter. "It's not the first time I've ever done drugs, and you know that." Since Shannon has become a drug addict, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon has been keeping the kids away from her. "You have to understand too, like I can't have Ella and Alana around that," Pumpkin said, referring to her 2-year old daughter, Ella, and 14-year old Honey Boo Boo.
While things look pretty bad, Mama June Shannon has a missing tooth, she assured her daughter that she has been clean. "And I promise you, for the last couple months we have been, I would say, 90 percent good," Shannon admitted. "If this was four or five months ago, I would have been high as f*** when I came up in here," she said. Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon then said that she wants her mother to stop seeing Eugene Edward "Geno" Doak, though it's unclear if that will happen. For now, viewers of Mama June: Family Crisis are hoping that she finds the help that she needs. You can check out video of the reunion above, thanks to the WE tv YouTube channel.