Have a drink on Sixx.. but he won’t join you
Nicki Sixx wants you to have a drink on him – but he won’t join you.
The Motley Crue bassist has celebrated his “sobriety birthday” by looking at the advantages of gaining control of his alcoholism.
Sixx says: “Letting go of self and ego, working a programme 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 behaviour that broke people’s hearts who loved you.
“Taking away the substance just gave me an honest of who I had become – and then the healing started.”
In December Sixx marked the 25th anniversary of his near death by overdose, which inspired the Crue track Kickstart My Heart. In 1987 he’d been declared clinically dead after taking heroin and a shot of adrenaline to his heart failed to revive him. It was only when a medic took a chance on a second shot that he returned to life.
The bassist says it’s important to get assistance with addiction issues. “I believe, without any programme to help, many are just dry drunks – and there’s always a danger of them going out again. I’ve been there; it’s not pretty.”
But returning to the bright side he adds: “I love that I get to live in the moment by not carrying around all that baggage in my head from years ago.
“Today I get to be a better father, friend, artist and future husband – the list goes on, too. You get out of this what you put into it. It’s not easy, but it’s the greatest gift you’ll ever receive if you’re an addict.”
He finishes: “Thanks for letting me share. If you’re not an addict, have a drink on me today.”
Motley Crue are embarking on their final series of projects, which Sixx recently said would end with the band “blowing their own brains out” in order to avoid a later reunion attempt.