Rock and Roll Role Models

Slash, the former Guns n’ Roses guitarist, is one of the most recognizable figures in rock, and he was also one of the most prolific drug users. In 2001 he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure as a result of drug use, and he decided to seek help for addiction recovery.  His addictions ran the gamut from heroin to alcohol, but with the help of his wife has been able to give it all up.

Eric Clapton once spent $16,000 a week on heroin, giving away three years of his life to the dangerous drug. At one performance during his addiction, he passed out and had to be revived on stage. It took The Who guitarist Pete Townsend, another former addict, to convince him that there was a better way to live. Clapton has taken his experience and used it for good by establishing Crossroads, a center for drug and alcohol treatment.

Brian Welch is one of the co-founders of platinum selling metal band Korn. At the height of their success he found himself embroiled in a world of money and drugs. He was addicted to alcohol, sleeping pills, and Xanax. But in 2005 Brian’s life changed when he experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity. He was baptized in the Jordan river and then sought solitude in order to cleanse himself of addiction. He credits God with his rehabilitation, and has been clean ever since his spiritual retreat in a hotel room. Since then he has been making Christian music and dedicating his life to helping others.

While Eminem has maintained his bad boy image and continued his taste for controversy, he has grown out of one part of his life – drug use. Eminem has become sober recently through the help of unlikely ally Elton John. The two formed a friendship after working together in 2001, and Elton stepped in to help Eminem kick the drug habit. While fans doubted that he would be the same, his success has proved that his talent came from more than drugs.

Source:’s 10 Celebrities who Overcame Their Addictions

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