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Travis Barker Speaks about his Own Addiction and Weighs in on Scott Weiland’s Death

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Travis Barker Speaks about his Own Addiction and Weighs in on Scott Weiland’s Death

Travis Barker is no stranger to drug addiction. The Blink-182 drummer knows all too well about the effects long term drug use can do, and had some things to say concerning Scott Weiland’s death, and his own experience. In an interview with Billboard, Travis Barker speaks about his own addiction story.  “I think it’s just ultimately what drugs do when they get the best of somebody. It’s sad. Myself, I was addicted to drugs for a long time and the only way I was able to stop doing drugs was being in a plane crash and having morphine for 4 months when I didn’t want it. That’s what it took for me to get sober. Barker was referring to the 2008 plane crash that included famed DJ, DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) and four others (including the two pilots).

They were the only two who survived the crash, but came away from it critically injured. Ultimately, they were released from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia fully recovered.  Sadly, showing how powerful drug addiction can be, Goldstein eventually died the following year of an accidental drug overdose. A drug relapse occurred due to a Xanax prescription following the crash.

Barker explained how it feels to be an addict: “Whatever you’re masking when you’re doing drugs gets more severe the more you mask it. Everyday you’re doing it more and more and you’re never facing what you’re running from — whatever that is. The masking gets to be so dangerous. It is excessive. It’s unfortunate…I saw a video of him (Weiland) recently, he sounded great and he looked fine. But you never know what demons anyone is fighting.” Police reports showed that cocaine and prescription drugs were found on Weiland’s tour bus, however, there has not been an official cause of death. The former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots famously battled with drug addiction.

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