Her doctor testifies that the reality star refused to break her pill addiction

By Michael Y. Park
October 20, 2009 09:10 AM
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Pregnant with her daughter, Anna Nicole Smith tried to go “cold turkey” from her addiction to prescription pills in 2006, but later changed her mind and refused to kick her habit, a psychiatrist who treated her testified Monday.

Dr. Nathalie Maullin, who prescribed hospitalization for the ex-Playboy playmate, was speaking in court in the trial against Smith’s lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and two doctors, who prosecutors say illegally supplied her with drugs.

“She said, ‘I’ll do anything for my baby,’ ” Maullin said of the beginning of Smith’s week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Smith – who died in February 2007 – was given substitute drugs to wean her off her addictions, but when faced with having to give up drugs entirely and go into psychological sessions, Smith lashed out and walked out of treatment altogether.

“She was very hostile. It was, ‘Give me my medications and leave me alone,’ ” Maullin said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When Smith refused to join an outpatient program or check into a rehab center, Stern asked if it were really necessary, Maullin testified.

Smith died 10 months later.