While drug abuse has long been glorified as a part of the "rock and roll lifestyle," it's rare that these celebrities actually open up about the negative effects of their excess. Sure, there are a few kiss-and-tell biographies that touch upon the issue, but often a rocker has to truly hit rock bottom before they see their abuse as a serious addiction that can ruin their lives.
For Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, that moment came at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas last September. Armstrong made headlines after smashing his guitar in a rage and started shouting when the event organizers indicated that he only had one minute left to finish his set. His angry tirade made headlines, and mere days later, Armstrong entered a rehab facility in California at the behest of his wife and manager.
Now, Armstrong has decided to discuss his addiction and treatment in a piece for Rolling Stone Magazine. He told the source that his substance abuse had gotten to the point where he would completely blackout and didn't know where he would wake up on any given night. "I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how," he told the magazine. He admits that he couldn't even remember much of his infamous meltdown in Las Vegas, and had to ask his wife about the event the next morning.
If your loved one has developed a substance abuse problem, they may not realize how dramatically it has affected them. With the help of a professional interventionist, you can confront your friend or family member about their addiction and hopefully help them get on the road to recovery. At Intervention Services, we can provide ongoing support throughout this complex process.