Nikki Sixx, who first came to fame as a founding member of the band Motley Crue, recently shared the details of his struggle with opioid addiction on the show The Doctors.
Sixx has spent many years spreading knowledge and information about drug addiction, particularly about the effects of heroin on his life and the damage that the competitive, high-stakes atmosphere of the music industry can have on its members. He first developed his heroin addiction during his time as a professional musician, where he met many performers and producers who encouraged others to experiment with illicit drugs. His addiction continued to worsen over the course of the next year, and even put him in the hospital with near-fatal injuries on several occasions.
At one point, Sixx’s heart stopped for several minutes in the midst of a severe overdose. “I came back and went home and shot up again and overdosed again,” he shared with the hosts of The Doctors. “And I woke up the next day and I kind of had a spiritual awakening—that’s the only way I can explain it. I woke up and it was the first time I didn’t want to do drugs.” After that experience, Sixx decided to change his life for the better.
While he repeatedly shared that recovery is a continuous process, Sixx was also optimistic about his journey toward health and sobriety. He added that prioritizing his commitment to sobriety and staying in supportive, healthy environments have been two of the most crucial keys to his recovery success. Today, Sixx has recovered from his addiction and made a new life as a loving father, prestigious photographer, and best-selling author. His popular book, The Heroin Diaries, was released ten years ago and shed valuable light on his experience with addiction.
At the conclusion of the interview, Sixx encouraged any listeners who struggle with addiction or worry about a loved one’s drug habits to seek help before it is too late. He emphasized the importance of reaching out to others, sharing your story, and accepting help.
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