Travis Barker: Past Painkiller Abuse Made Him “Borderline Suicidal”
Blink-182’s charismatic and charming drummer, Travis Barker, has joined the ranks of many musicians and celebrities opening up about past drug abuse.
Music Times reports that while the remaining founders of the punk rock band are doing damage control after the “friendly divorce” with co-founder Tom Delonge, Barker has taken the opportunity to open up about his past with opioid painkillers and their frightening effects on his mental state.
“I was so addicted to Oxycodone…I had security that would actually sleep during the day and then stay up at night to make sure I was breathing.” Barker admitted. He also stated his substance abuse was a major factor in the band cancelling their Australian Tour in 2004.
“My bones were so brittle from so much painkiller use. I had this moment when I got to Europe for that tour where I really identified myself as a dumpster. And I wasn’t proud; I was scared. I had to call Mark (bandmate Mark Hoppus) and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m like borderline suicidal. I’m going crazy. I need to go home.’”
While that event was 11 years ago, Barker has been sober for eight years and hopes finally opening up about his dark past with prescription drug abuse will help his fans and others struggling with similar issues.
Travis also opened up about the tragic plane crash in 2008 which claimed the lives of four passengers and left him with burns over 65 percent of his body. The drummer endured over 20 surgeries but refused pain medication to finally curb his addiction. During the incredibly emotionally trying period in time he turned to his children, Landon and Alabama, as inspiration.
Barker is slated to release a book on October 20th titled ‘Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums’ which will focus on his career, addiction, armed robbery, and the plane crash which changed his life forever.
Image: “Travis Barker of Blink 182 at the Honda Civic Tour in Montreal” by Brennan Schnell. Licensed under CC by 2.0.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.