Slipknot co-founder and fronting member of the band, Corey Taylor, was the latest interview guest of ‘Steve-O’s Wild Ride! – Podcast’ this week and talked about how he managed to quit drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol back in 2016.

As you may remember from one of his earlier interviews, Corey admitted that he quit coke and speed when he was 16 but alcohol to him was the only thing that was getting his brain to shut off. He also admitted that booze was helping him to be a more social person.

In his last interview with Steve-O, Corey recalled the days his former friends left him in a dumpster after he used ‘heavy’ drugs and how the death of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray became a turning point for him.

Here is what Slipknot frontman said to Steve:

“When I was a kid, I was a speed freak. I did coke, I did meth, I did all that stuff. I quit all that when I was a teenager because I OD’d twice before I was 16.

But I quit all that, and I got more into booze – honestly because it was just easy. And my personality is such that I never drank to chill, I just drank to get fucked up. So it was easy to just stay medicated, especially doing what I do, and to just continue that.

I found myself becoming very unavailable in my own life. When you’re a father – at the time I was married, a long time ago – and I just decided to figure this out. ‘This is going to go in a direction that I don’t want it to go.’

It took a long time to kind of figure out who I was and be comfortable with it again.”

And here is what Corey said about the death of Gray:

“I had quit drinking and I started again, and then when Paulie died, it was kind of weird. I was drinking to deaden the pain, but then physically it was hurting me, which made it really easy for me to quit. I quit about a month after he passed.”

You can watch the interview below.

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