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Just days before the infamous “Octomom,” Nadya Suleman, checked herself into rehab for treatment of panic attacks and an addiction to Xanax at Southern California’s Chapman House drug rehabilitation center, the mother of 14 talked to In Touch, sharing her overwhelming lifestyle and signs of trouble. “I wake up at 5 every morning and take a five-minute shower,” Nadya told In Touch in the interview on Oct. 22. She admits she only averages two to three hours per night of shut-eye. “I do the cooking for the next day in the middle of the night. It’s been exhausting.” The single mother first made headlines in 2009 after adding octuplets (conceived with the aid of reproductive technology) to her already full house. Since then, she’s been plagued by scandal and financial pressures. In recent months, she’s resorted to posing topless for a UK tabloid and employment in the adult entertainment industry to make ends meet, starring in a solo porn video and stripping at a Florida gentlemen’s club. “I just do as much as I can to survive and generate as much revenue as I can,” she told In Touch in the same interview. Nadia released a statement on Nov. 1: “I chose to seek treatment [for] my recent use of Xanax, which was prescribed by my physician for panic attacks. I am working in therapy every day regarding the origin of these attacks so as not to have to rely on medications to handle it.”
For more on Octomom, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!