Slash Discusses Getting Sober
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash revealed how he finally got sober in 2005 after having returned to substance abuse during Velvet Revolver’s Contraband tour, and admitted it had been “my own fault.”
Slash said the period after he left Guns N’ Roses in the late 90’s was extremely difficult for him personally and professionally. He was going through a divorce with his first wife Renee Suran and he had lost all the security he had in Guns N’ Roses.
Talking about Velvet Revolver he said the following:
“Just because of the nature of the band – and it’s my own fault – but within that context it was easy to do,” Slash told Belfast Live in a recent interview. “I got completely strung out again and at that point I realized there was nothing about being strung out that reminded me of anything like when I first started doing drugs. It was pretty miserable.”
He said that “after that, with alcohol, nothing was doing it for me and I decided I had to stop. I had two kids and I was living in a hotel because I couldn’t be around them. … I needed to go to some sort of facility and just get away from everybody for a month.”
He “really embraced” the rehab experience and found he was able to redirect his energy from “self-destruction … towards music.” “I have definitely been fortunate,” he said “When I was growing up and being around musicians that my parents knew, there were people who couldn’t imagine being sober because they thought that was the nucleus of their whole creative existence.
“It didn’t really have anything to do with the creative for me. It was really extra-curricular activity to do in between stuff. So I definitely feel fortunate that I didn’t fall into a complete creative block because I wasn’t high.”