While speaking with Teamrock.com, Max Cavalera recently opened up about his past addiction to prescription drugs. This is quite obviously an epidemic that needs to be addressed. He had the following to say of this:
I was taking too many of them on a daily basis and then drinking on top of it. It’s a lethal combination, and then I added sleep medicines on top of all that. It’s a miracle I am still alive.
There’s a lot of pressure that comes with fame. Record label pressure, fans pressure, and we don’t have a manual or a guide to surviving this shit.
I think for some musicians the pressure of fame gets to them. For me, it started with the death of my father. I became very sad and drinking was one way to deal with my sadness.
The drugs – I just liked them. I liked the buzz of a pain killer. The energy it gave me.