Getting sober is hard work. Just ask Russell Brand.
The actor-comedian was addicted to both heroin and sex during his 20s before going into rehab and getting clean in 2002. More than a decade later though, he still grapples with urges to use. He made the startling revelation in a BBC3 documentary that aired last Saturday entitled Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, when he watched old footage of himself smoking heroin. "I'm jealous of me then," Russell admitted. "It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict." Crazy.
In the documentary, he referred to heroin as a "greedy" drug. "First it’ll take your money. Then it’ll take your friends, your family, your car, your house," he said. "Then it’s going to take bits of your body. In the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing."
He also admitted to regrets over not doing more to help Amy Winehouse, who passed away last year due to alcohol intoxication. "I recognized...she is not happy, she is on edge," said Russell. "When she died, it was this feeling of, 'Agh, I knew that was going to happen.' And I had this flickering sense that I should have done something about that." Either way, we're just glad that Russell is happy and sober these days!
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