• Russell Brand documentary explores comedian’s past drug use (Video)

    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.

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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