“I wasted such a big part of my life. I was a drug addict and self-absorbed. You know, I was having people die right, left, and center around me, friends. And yet I didn’t stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It’s that – you know, it’s that bad of a disease. … I mean, I would have an epileptic seizure and turn blue, and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed, and then 40 minutes later I’d be snorting another line. This is how bleak it was, I’d stay up, I’d smoke joints, I’d drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker and then I’d stay up for three days. And then I’d go to sleep for a day and a half, get up, and because I was so hungry, because I hadn’t eaten anything. I’d binge and have like three bacon sandwiches, a pot of ice cream and then I’d throw it up, because I became bulimic and then go and do the whole thing all over again. That is how tragic my life was. And I’m not being flippant when I say that, when I look back I shudder at the behaviour and what I was doing to myself. It just takes over your whole psyche, this stuff.”
Elton John to Matt Lauer during a TODAY interview, discussing his past drug abuse and the subsequent effects thereafter. And wow? Yeah, I guess that would be an appropriate word—WOW. I mean, I knew that Elton John was into a whole mess of drugs in his younger days, and that he was kind of wild and crazy in his behavior, but damn. I guess you can only assume that things are as bad as you can … well, assume them to be, and then it’s like BAM! they’re way worse than you could have imagined.
One thing is for sure—I agree with EJ here when he says that he’s not even sure how he survived, because yikes. Me either.