Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of his sobriety last July, spoke about his journey in a new interview with Fox News.
I love being sober for many reasons. Somebody told me recently, ‘Man, you look pretty good with everything you’ve been through.’ [Laughs] It was a journey. I was six years sober. I didn’t quite get it. I mean, I got it, but I slipped and went out one day and then I was four years sober. And then I slipped. I didn’t want to go back and forth. I checked myself into rehab 20 years ago because I wanted to get it. And then I wanted to pass that message on. I want them to see what recovery can look like.Nikki SIxx
Sixx struggled with substance abuse for years, and was even declared clinically dead after a heroin overdose in 1987, which made his heart stop for two minutes. The 63-year-old has since become actively involved in a recovery program, which he credited for helping him transform his life and relationships.
By letting go of self and ego, working a program that connects you to a higher power and giving back to those still struggling are just some of the important things you learn through sobriety, you get to repair the damage done from drink, drugs and horrific behaviors that broke people’s hearts who loved you
For me, taking away the substance just gave [me] an honest view of who I had become and then the healing started. I do believe without any program to help, many are just dry drunks and there is always a danger of them going out again. I’ve been there. It’s not pretty. This is no joking matter to me, so I take it seriouslyNikki Sixx
Asked by The Guardian about a diary entry in The Heroin Diaries (Nikki Sixx’s book) where he described himself as an “alcoholic heroin and coke addict getting into pills” and how he spent Christmas Day 1986 naked under the Christmas tree, clutching a shotgun, Nikki said:
Well, if you shoot enough cocaine, you go into a kind of psychosis, and I believed people were coming to get me. Scary place, let me tell you. It reads like some kind of a dark horror story or bedtime thriller. But in real life, the trauma that psychosis puts your body through is on a cellular level. You believe that you’re going to have an experience even though it’s not really happening. I can remember those, because you come out of them, and it’s scary. But you can only imagine what it would be like to be insane and not come out of it, or a version of that, like dementia.Nikki Sixx