Nikki Sixx Opens up about His Heroin Addiction

Playing Nikki Sixx Shares about Overcoming a Heroin Addiction

Nikki Sixx, one of the founding members of Motley Crue, comes to The Doctors and gets candid about his battle with addiction.

The musician, photographer, and best-selling author, who has been outspoken over the years about his heroin addiction, sheds light on how the music industry can lead to drug abuse for some.

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"When you have people heading towards that addiction, a lot of people don't want to stop the money train," he says, referring to how there are at times enablers in the industry... I'm really happy to be a survivor of heroin addiction and alcoholism and be a father and be here today and talk to you guys," he says.

The rocker explains that his time using was lasted over the course of one intense year filled multiple near-death incidents.

"I was a heroin addict for exactly one year. And my heart stopped for 2 minutes and I came back and went home and shot up again and overdosed again. 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," he says of the moment he decided to turn his life around.

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His year of drug addiction lead him to write the book, "The Heroin Diaries," which is being re-released for its 10-year anniversary.

He goes on to share his advice for struggling addicts, saying,  "Recovery is not a dirty word... recovery is a good word and it's a positive thing." He adds that one's environment and keeping sobriety at the forefront of your life is key to staying sober.