In a recent interview with ‘BBC Radio 5′, Guns N’ Roses’ legendary guitarist Slash talked about his ‘speedball’ addiction, and how he survived his addiction.

‘Speedball’ is a highly-potent mixture of cocaine and heroin.

Slash told about his cardiac arrest experience in a hotel corridor, and how he returned to life. 

Here’s what Slash told to ‘BBC Radio 5’:

“I’m really fortunate that I managed to get through all that stuff and come out the other end and have my passion for music intact and to be physically okay. I really look at myself as being just super blessed because it should’ve gone the other way.

Did you ever see [Martin Scorsese’s 1995 movie] ‘Casino’ with Sharon Stone? Remember that part where she’s, like, with the James Woods’ character, Robert De Niro’s taken off and she’s in the hotel and she’s coming down the hall, and she starts to collapse, she dies. That was me, exactly that.”

Slash also mentioned about how he decided to quit drugs, and he added that his recovery process was difficult for him.

He continued:

“I got sober in 2006, like, 13 years ago. It was definitely not easy. First, you have to come to terms with the fact that you’re beyond repair; your addictions or whatever have gotten to the point where you’re not enjoying yourself and you’re not really functional and so on and so forth.

And you have to have that clarity, which is hard. And then once you have that, you have to keep reminding yourself of that so that you can start. What you want to do is try and have a different kind of existence and it just takes a lot of work to get there.

I wouldn’t be doing anything like what I have been doing for the last 13 years if I was still going like I was. I probably wouldn’t be here, most likely.”

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