Twenty years is a long time, but Motley Crue and Sixx: AM bassist Nikki Sixx has taken sobriety one day at a time. Sixx has commented on his journey over the past two decades while also posting his 20th anniversary of sobriety.
“Some people will try to kick you in the nuts, steal your money, stab you in the back, let you down, sabotage your life, disbelieve in yourself and gossip that you don’t. will never go a day without drugs or alcohol. And do you know what you’re going to do? YOU WILL STAY SOBER ONE DAY AT A TIME, “Sixx wrote in her Instagram post marking her 20th anniversary of sobriety.
He continued, âYou are the miracle, the one who breaks the chain of addiction, the one who is a living amen. The one who changed your family history. You will live in gratitude for those who never thought you would stay. sober or get out alive BECAUSE THEY MAKE YOU STRONGER and you know how to forgive assholes. And when you see people still in pain / walking on water or running out of air, be sure to throw them a life jacket. Because we now give back to those who are still grieving and hope they pass it on as well. ” Sixx ended their post with the hashtags #SobrietyRocks and # 20Years.
Sixx has made a habit of celebrating the anniversary. On his 19th birthday last year, he wrote that sobriety is âthe road worth taking if you’re having trouble. The old ones are there to guide us, but the newcomers to sobriety are the greatest gift of this simple program. “
He continued, âOf course, it’s not always easy. The first thing I have done and continue to do is remove toxic people from my life, then comes the first step and then freedom ( if you are working). Even non-addicts could use the 12 step program to improve their life. For me it is a life program. I am a better man, father, husband, friend, member of the band and a creative spirit through this program. The bassist concluded this post by adding: “I look up everyday and thank you.”
Sixx has also spent time in recent years advocating for more attention to the growing opioid crisis in the United States.In 2017, the bassist wrote an op-ed in which he noted that overdoses kill more people than ” combined car accidents and gun homicides “in the United States and that prescription opioids and heroin are the major contributors to overdoses. He called on the Trump administration to heed the advice of its opioid commission which submitted a report that “emphasizes treatment, pain management education for doctors, research and collection data and rational ‘supply reduction’. goals based on facts and science. The president should listen to his own experts. Now. “
Sixx also said he believes drugmakers should be held accountable for their marketing tactics for addictive drugs, saying, “We can better restrict pain medication prescriptions. Drug companies are greedy and regulations are too lax. . ” Worried about the message this sends to those struggling with addiction, Sixx commented, “If we don’t take these necessary steps, we are saying to addicts, ‘You are not worth saving.’ I’m here to tell you that all drug addicts are worth saving. “
Realizing that he is in a luckier position with “good health insurance” and a network of support ranging from a “loving family” to AAs and sponsors, as well as finances, Sixx knows others don’t. access to these resources. “But they deserve to be helped no less. No one is a junkie by choice. And no junkie is a lost cause,” said the bassist. In conclusion, he said: âSo I speak. And so should you. Because 142 other people are going to die today.
Last year, Sixx also brought together a group of fellow musicians, including Corey Taylor, Ivan Moody, Joe Elliott, Slash and more, to record the Sixx: AM track “Maybe It’s Time” (heard below) with all royalties donated to the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
Sixx said at the time: âI am proud to bring these artists together to help raise funds for the Global Recovery Initiative Foundation. The opioid epidemic did not end when the pandemic arrived. On the contrary, people in early recovery have become even more at risk than before, so it is more important than ever to educate and support them. I truly believe that together we can make a difference and save lives.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug and / or alcohol addiction, help is available on the Addiction and Mental Health Administration website. To speak to someone on the phone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or send a text message to 1-800-487-4889.
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