HOW ROCK STAR NIKKI SIX BATTLED HEROIN ADDICTION AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE
- November 7, 2018
Could you ever imagine viewing drugs as a means of escape or relief? Imagine waking up every morning with the near-instinctive urge to inject, snort, smoke, or swallow a dangerous, mind-altering substance for the simple purpose of making it through the day (like a teetotaler taking to the teapot). Believe it or not, this was all too common during the 1960s through the 1980s, particularly during the major league rock and roll movement. At that time, you would probably have a hard time finding someone who had not experimented with or was addicted to a dangerous or testy substance (marijuana, anyone?). Nevertheless, some people will fall deeper and deeper into the pit of addiction that they suffer an overdose (and ultimately die). Still, what if you could come back and tell the tale of your clinical death? This is exactly what happened to iconic rocker Nikki Sixx during the height of his career. Let’s take a closer look at how he overcame drug addiction and lived to tell the tale.
Kickstart My Heart
At the peak of his career, Nikki Sixx (co-founder and bassist for Mötley Crüe) was living the high life, both figuratively and literally. In fact, the bass guitarist was notorious for enduring a six-year battle with addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Even more frightening, during the crux of his illness in 1987, Sixx overdosed on heroin and was determined to be clinically dead. In the end, he miraculously survived and heeded the infamously terrifying wake-up call to receive treatment. Ultimately, his near-death experience inspired him to become a better person and to write the appropriately named “Kickstart My Heart,” Crüe’s most iconic song.
Darkest Moment, Brightest Light
Overall, Sixx considers his clinical death to be a jarring experience. As illustrated in The Heroin Diaries, he explains how he woke up with a needle in his arm, and the sight of his tool of the trade made him realize he needed help (and he needed it fast). In a 2017 interview, Sixx explained how painful his withdrawal process had become and dedicated his conversation to International Overdose Awareness Day. Overall, he obliges people who have considered drugs to use resources to learn more, in order to protect themselves from the same tragedy he suffered.
Always remember that heroin and other dangerous drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.