In a conversation with Yahoo Entertainment, Mötley Crüe co-founder and bassist Nikki Sixx talked about his battle with substance abuse throughout the years and unveiled how he desperately needed support back then.
As you may know, Mötley Crüe icon Nikki Sixx has struggled with his drug addiction for many years. Sixx even had a near-death experience due to the severe consumption of heroin and alcohol. On December 23, 1987, he overdosed on heroin and he has clinically pronounced death for two minutes.
However, after being a long time heroin addict, Sixx achieved to win his battle against addiction. Nikki recently celebrated the 19th anniversary of his sobriety.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Nikki Sixx shared the details of his struggle with drug addiction. He also commented on his previous statements about why some people still had a certain judgment about addicts claiming they chose to be that way. However, Nikki stated that was not the real case, instead, people like him might need a hand to ‘pull them out of the hole.’
Furthermore, Sixx mentioned the debut studio album, named ‘The Heroin Diaries,’ his band Sixx:A.M. released back in 2007. The album was depicting the story of Sixx’s severe heroin addiction and his recovery process.
Here’s how Nikki Sixx explained the time he needed support to get up on his feet to win his battle against addiction:
“There’s a song on the first Sixx:A.M. album called ‘Accidents Can Happen,’ and it tackled a subject that was important to me. I had been sober for four years or something at the time – I’m coming up on 20 now.
But at that time, I fell off the wagon. And I couldn’t find a hand to pull me out of the hole. It’s like, everybody immediately started covering me with dirt – everyone was like, ‘What’s wrong with you? You had it together. Don’t you know what you’re going to do to your band? You’re going to let down your fans. What about your mom?’ The list just kept going. And I felt so bad.
Thankfully there were some people in my life; I went back to a man named Bob Timmons who really helped me and had helped the Stones and Aerosmith. Sadly, Bob is no longer with us, but he was like an angel.
So, I wrote the song ‘Accidents Can Happen‘ about that, because looking at the reuse rate on recovery, it’s staggering. If people think they’re going to have an ‘a-ha!’ moment and never, ever use again – well, chances are that probably won’t happen. It took me a few tries, though I don’t recommend that, because people die along the path.”
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