Nikki Sixx Says He Made A Choice Between Being In A Coffin Or Being On The Stage

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recalled the times he was battling his heroin addiction and revealed his choice between death and life during his recent appearance on ABC News.

As you probably know, Sixx struggled with heroin addiction for a very long time, and he even died for two minutes following an overdose. After he was pronounced dead, a paramedic revived him with two syringes full of adrenaline. It was a wake-up call for the band members, and soon after that, they decided to grab on to life.

They all went to rehab and got rid of their addiction problem in time. Sixx has been sober for twenty years and working hard to raise awareness against drug addiction by sharing his own experiences. He even wrote autobiographies and founded Sixx:A.M. for that purpose.

Nikki Sixx highlighted that he had to decide whether he would die from overdose or go back to the stage to achieve his childhood dream. Also, he admitted that his father’s abandonment was one of the main reasons behind his addiction, but he stated that everyone can overcome and recover from it.

In Sixx’s words, he said:

“I had to make a decision, was I going to be the guy in a coffin, or was I going to be the guy on stage, making music? Eventually, being able to be a father, which at the time I was carrying all the information that my dad abandoned me coldly. He did leave my mom. They don’t get off the hook that easy, but that’s not the story my mom told.

Some of that, I believe led to my addiction, and if you’re dealing with family issues or health issues and you keep doing it, you’re becoming an addict. Then you don’t want to go through withdrawal. Eventually, you either die or go to jail. That’s going to be your story. You’re going to die, go to jail or get sober. I would like to talk about sobriety, recover from it and hopefully stop people from making that mistake that I made.”

You can watch the interview below.