Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers: “I felt complete doing cocaine, until I had to pay the toll”:

the singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, released some details of his struggle with drug addiction during his career.

In a chat with the Joe Rogan podcast, the musician commented that he started smoking weed when he was a young teenager, which he felt “subversive” at the time. But over time he also started with the harder drugs.

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“Years passed and there was no problem…and then I started introducing narcotics…it was interesting and exciting, but also painful as hell,” he detailed. In the end, this is a life of suffering.”

The addiction grew over the years. “It had nothing to do with rock n’ roll. It was exciting and dangerous, like, hmmm, everyone’s afraid of that, I think I’ll do that thing that just the word scares people,” he pointed out. But it was also a way of checking…I felt complete putting these things on me, until I had to pay the toll. It was finding what I thought was going to do me good…but it was actually killing me.”

Kiedis remembered Hillel Slovak, the founding guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose. “My best friend died, which didn’t instigate sobriety, but it definitely destroyed me emotionally. -remember-. But I continued to use after his death. And then I got to the point where I couldn’t put out the noise with drugs and alcohol… I was putting all this poison in me and it was still here.”

The singer of RHCP, a group that has just released its second album in the year (double Return of the dream canteen), he recalled when he entered rehab in the late 1980s. He pointed out that on the first day, there were 30 drug addicts in a room. “And the counselor said, I’m looking at 30 of you, and stat-wise, one of you is going to be sober out of here. So egotistical, since I’m sticking with that, please can the rest of you go back to where you came from.”