Guns N’Roses guitarist Slash has recently celebrated 15 years of sobriety.
Slash had previously been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy due to his alcohol abuse. He has also openly talked about his past struggles with heroin and alcohol addiction.
“So proud of you everyday” says Slash’s girlfriend Meegan
But now, the rocker’s longtime girlfriend, Meegan Hodges paid tribute to the milestone, by sharing a photo of Slash on Instagram with an accompanying caption.
“Baby, Congratulations on your 15 YEARS of SOBRIETY!”, she wrote. “An addict who achieves recovery is capable of achieving anything’ (wise words someone said). I am so very proud of you every day but today I am so very extra proud of you”.
“I love you to the moon and back!”, she added.
Speaking about his battle with alcohol and drug abuse, Slash had previously said this.
“I come from, not an alcoholic background, but my dad was a drinker and people in my family were drinkers, and being born in England that was just part of pub culture”.
“(I) know that if I thought I could casually have a drink or casually do whatever, that would leave that door open”, he continued. “I know how that works, because I’ve done it before, so I just abstain from it altogether”.
“debauchery had to end”
Slash had also previously discussed his battles with addiction in his 2007 autobiography Slash. He said that he knew that his “debauchery needed to end”. He added that he checked himself into rehab on “July 3 2006” and has not looked back since.
“I wasn’t fine. But I was almost ready to admit it”, Slash wrote. “I knew that my debauchery needed to end. I had planned to get some space from my wife and from my band after I’d allowed myself those predetermined four months to let it all hang out; I knew I was in need of some solace and quiet”.
“And I got it. This time rehab turned out to be really good for me, because this time I surrendered. First I kicked the drugs, then I cleared my head and did some work on figuring out why I liked to put myself in the same position over and over again. Early in the morning of July 3, 2006, I checked into rehab. I did a full thirty days, I fully surrendered…”.
He also added, “I learned more about myself than I ever thought was possible. And I’ve been sober ever since”.
Back in April, Guns N’Roses’ Duff McKagan recalled the first time he met Slash in an interview. Check out what he had to say here.
Meanwhile, Guns N’Roses embark on a tour of North America at the end of this month, kicking off in Hersheypark Stadium on July 31.
The band will be playing on Irish soil on 22 June 2022 in Marley Park. Find out more here.
Slash had also said that he hoped 2021 will see new music released from the band.