“The Heroin Diaries”

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I am a child of both the 80s and 90s. I got to have all the cool toys of the 90s like Nintendo and such, but got the awesome music of the 80s like U2, Eazy E, etc.

When I first remember rock and roll, it had the face of Motley Crue. Then, after their heyday, I started to sheepishly admit I liked the Crue. After all, hair bands were out, grunge was in; things like “Girls Girls Girls” had been replaced by more meaningful songs like Nirvana’s “Lithium” and Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.”

So, when I came across the Crue’s drummer’s book, “The Heroin Diaries” (by Nikki Sixx), I was a little embarrassed downloading it. I associate the Crue with partying, but true hardcore drug use? Nah, not so much – but I was wrong.

Turns out, according to many drug rehab counselors who worked with the Crue, Sixx had the worst heroin and coke habit of anyone they’d ever worked with. That includes everyone from the Stones to the Chili Peppers. Sixx was the quintessential junkie-coke to start the day, booze and junk until the wee hours of the morning.

And yet? He’s alive to tell the story. And the story is good! I’m about halfway through “The Heroin Diaries” and, let me tell ya, there have been several times when I’ve felt my stomach lurch with visions of what life was like for Sixx back in 87.

And know the best thing of all? His dedication.

The book starts out with the dedication to all addicts who’ve kicked booze and drugs. Those who will kick junk, too.

I have an enormous amount of respect for recovering addicts. Truly, I do. It takes so much guts to admit, “I have a bad problem and I want to get better.” To do that first step, then go through with the tough follow up of changing one’s life altogether is a HUGE thing…I’m glad to see Sixx honoring those who’ve also made that gutsy move.

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