Billie Joe Armstrong’s Rehab Interview With Rolling Stone
“I was medicating myself because I couldn’t sleep.” says Billie Joe, lead singer from Green Day.
Rolling Stone Interviews Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong comes clean about his experience in rehab and how he got clean and sober and plans to stay that way. Billie Joe checked himself into a drug rehab after he had a public meltdown at the iHeartRadio festival last September. In the latest Rolling Stone issue, hitting newsstands today, the Green Day singer talks about his breakdown, drug rehab stay, and his newfound program of recovery.
At the iHeartRadio festival back in September of 2012, Billie Joe abruptly ended his set by smashing his guitar and snapping, “I’m not f–king Justin Bieber.” He explained at the time he was objecting to the organizers for cutting him off. A month later, Armstrong entered a substance abuse outpatient program for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Later, in an interview with People magazine, Armstrong confessed the truth, “I’m a blackout drinker. That’s basically what happened [that night].”
Billie Joe Armstrong also shared his troubles with anxiety and insomnia. He found himself combining his prescription pills and stated that he didn’t know which pills he was taking at night or during the day. “My backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle,” Armstrong tells Rolling Stone Magazine.
Now out of drug rehab, Armstrong is excited to continue on his road to recovery and his tour. Armstrong was at first hesitant to go to rehab. His manager was telling Armstrong that he had to go to treatment and cancel his tour. Armstrong was highly against cancelling his tour, but not against going to rehab. “As soon as we get home, when we’re done with the press and this stuff, after iHeartRadio, the week following I’ll go to rehab.” Armstrong explained to his Manager, and he did.
Billie Joe Armstrong’s courage to seek treatment and share how he took suggestions on how to work a program of recovery may actually help more than he will ever know. This just proves once again that drug addiction and alcoholism does not care who you are, what you are famous for, how much money you have, or how important you may be; it will try to kill you. This also proves that anyone can get help for their addiction; there is no person better than anyone else. If they can do it, so can you. If they ever relapse, you don’t have to. Recovery is about action. What action are you willing to take to save your life or the life of a loved one?