Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler says he fully supports TV reality show "Celebrity Rehab" – despite the series' links to a number of deaths.
Adler participated in its second season during 2008, in which host Dr Drew Pinsky tried to help him deal with his addiction issues. He relapsed into drug abuse during the season then later cleaned up.
Former Alice In Chains
bassist Mike Starr
, actor Jeff Conaway
and bodybuilder Joey Kovar
all died after appearing on the show and failing to defeat their addictions. The tragedies led some critics to call for "Celebrity Rehab" to be cancelled.
But Adler remains fully supportive of the show. He tells Rolling Stone: "It was the best thing I ever did for myself.
"Having the treatment on TV made it easier because the camera doesn’t lie. You try to bullsh-t your way out of things, but then you watch yourself on camera and you see the truth.
"When you’re doing drugs you think you’re ten feet tall and beautiful. But you can’t be in denial when there’s a camera in your face."
The drummer says he’s been sober since 2008 and continues to fight his condition every day. "I used to wake up in the morning and say, ‘Oh God,’" he recalls. "Now I wake up and look forward to life."
He’s put GnR behind him since frontman Axl Rose refused to appear at the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Despite an angry outburst at the time, Adler says he now realises GnR is part of his past.
Instead he’s focusing on his new band, Adler, and their extensive touring plans for 2013. He says: "Out of respect for the fans we’ll probably do 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and 'Mr Brownstone'. But beyond that it’s all about this band.
"I’m not angry with Axl any more. I feel blessed that I got to work with him and achieve what I achieved with him. I’ve grown up and matured."
Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.