Nikki Sixx joins Emmy Award-winning daytime series The Doctors today to celebrate the 10thAnniversary of his book The Heroin Diaries and to discuss the opioid addiction epidemic.
The Mötley Crüe bassist opens up about the presence of enablers in the music industry and gives advice to young people struggling with addiction, and he shares how he is personally helping fans via the creation of an interactive website that allows fans to share their stories and get support.
On Enablers: “There are a lot of people around an artist. There’s managers, agents, road managers, there’s crew and family members, and when you see someone heading toward addiction a lot of people don’t want to stop the money train, and that’s where you hear about a lot of tragedies.”
On Advice for Struggling Addicts: “Recovery is not a dirty word. A lot of times I think people are embarrassed to come forward and say ‘I have a problem’ I think if more people felt comfortable, or if they understood where to find hotlines, find Narcotics Anonymous, where to go find other support. Because the same way you got yourself into an addictive behavior – your surroundings, etc – you can change that by putting yourself in a supportive environment.”
On How He is Helping Fight Addiction: “The heatmap is a way for fans to anonymously check in and make their own diary entries and say ‘this is my struggle, this is my strength.’…it’s about the conversations, and we have to have conversations. Recovery is a good word…it’s a successful road and the other road ends in death.”