Russell Brand has been alcohol and drug free for 10 years, but, like most addicts, it’s still a daily struggle for him to remain that way. In a documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, airing on BBC 3 in the UK, Brand addresses this and more.
“Ten years ago, though, I couldn’t get enough of them,” he says in the film, some of which is shown in the interview video below. “Cannabis, booze, acid, speed, coke, crack, smack – that’s heroin. I took drugs every single day.”
There’s another scene in which he confronts his doctor about weaning him off heroin using Methadone, a synthetic drug with effects similar to the enormously-addictive opiate. Brand is a passionate supporter of abstinence-based recovery, which means a proper program monitored by experts needs to be instituted for a recovering user.
“It don’t mean no difference to me,” he tells the doctor. “The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it – I’d rather be a drug addict. If I didn’t have my program, I’d be a drug addict today– Like that, in a second.”
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see From Addiction to Recovery here in the States (yet), but you can get a taste of it here. And if you’re dealing with addiction and live in the Midwest, you might want to check out Michigan treatment centers.