Many great names have arisen from the sea of rock and roll through the 60s and 80s, but no one can quite compete with one of the most controversial and talented rockers of our time: Ozzy Osbourne. Titled as the Prince of Darkness (for reasons), the iconic singer rose to fame as the frontman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath (one of the pioneers of the modern rock sound) and for a string of successful independent albums. Over the course of his career, Osbourne has sold a total of 100 million albums, including his work with the band, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, fans of the singer will also remember a time when drugs and alcohol ruled his life. Let’s take a closer look at what Osbourne had to say about addiction.
Lucky to Be Alive
In the autobiography entitled I Am Ozzy, Ozzy Osbourne discusses his rampaging behavior stemming from heavy drug and alcohol consumption. Ironically, many of Black Sabbath’s songs serve as brutally poetic warnings against the dangerous nature of drugs (“Paranoid,” for example), but Osbourne’s quick descent into madness was all too real. Although he was living every young musician’s dream of becoming a rock star, Osbourne explains how his rampant drug addiction and alcoholism led to terrible events (including infidelity and spousal abuse) and could have possible killed him. In essence, Osbourne says he is lucky to be alive.
Slipping through the Swamp
At this time in his life, Osbourne confirms that he is completely over drugs but also admits that he will not turn away from what he did. In an interview, the singer describes how not everyone reaches a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and, at times, you need to sink through the swamp a few times before reaching a good point. Osbourne admits that his drug use (a swamp, if you will) almost ended his life.
In his book, he admits that most of his drug use stemmed from self-medication, as he suffered from dyslexia and ADHD. Despising how he felt, Osbourne turned to LSD, cocaine, hash, alcohol, antidepressants, and other substances to cope. Nowadays, he is completely clean and happy.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Throughout the decades, many famous people have suffered from severe (and particularly dangerous) cases of alcoholism or drug addiction, sometimes leading to uncomfortably dangerous situations that are plastered across social media and the press. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
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