Guitarist for the band The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr., admitted that he had been doing hardcore drugs back in 2011 while the band was recording their LP, Angles. It appears that he has since gotten sober and stayed that way.
He held an interview with NME Magazine in September 2013 wherein he fully disclosed his drug use back when he was an addict.
He admitted he was in a "dark place" when The Strokes released their second album 'Room On Fire' in 2003, Hammond says: "It was, like, oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26. I became [addicted to] heroin around then, from 26, 27 'til 29. It's not so much that I wasn't in a happy place. I was just... God knows where I was. I was just very high. That's where I was."
He admitted to doing heroin, ketamine (which is an anesthetic and hallucinogen) and cocaine several times a day back then.
As of the writing of the NME article, he revealed he was four years sober off of drugs and alcohol.
The Devastating Effects of Ketamine, Heroin and Cocaine
Ketamine is not that common of a drug, but once used, it produces a wide variety of strange and damaging effects. It is an anesthetic, which means that once used, pain becomes nullified and the user becomes lethargic and, in some cases, unable to move at all. Also, anesthetics produce blackouts, wherein the user is typically unable to remember what happened while high. Sometimes, the user remains conscious when on ketamine but is unable to move or react to things. As a result, they believe that they are dead or going to die and are stuck in limbo, which causes an acute sense of terror. The slang for this condition is referred to as being in the “K-Hole”.
Over long periods of usage, ketamine causes amnesia, impaired learning ability and memory, and in some cases, problems with the urinary tract.
Heroin is an opiate and produced from morphine, which is derived from the seeds in poppy flowers. It is highly addictive, in some cases after the first usage, and causes the user to become fatigued and appear as if they were very drunk. Over time, a tolerance develops, leading the user to need more, which increases the possibility of an overdose.
The dangerous side effects happen rather quickly from heroin usage. Infections tend to happen where the user injects the needle, sometimes necessitating the need for limb amputations. Infections also occur in the heart lining and valves. Liver disease and heart disease also can happen from extended heroin use.
Cocaine causes user to feel in intense rush of energy when used, making them feel like they are going “60 miles an hour while sitting still”. However, the high is very short and leads to a severe crash afterwards, causing the user to want more to keep the high going.
People who use cocaine repeatedly often start to become more anxious, depressed and tense than they used to be due to the overstimulation of the brain. They feel they need coke in order to offset these effects. Cocaine, if snorted, also causes scabbing and scarring in the nose and sinuses, leading to potential infections. Over time, heart problems develop, sometimes fatal, and can even plague someone after they have stopped using cocaine.
In lieu of all this, it is great to hear that Albert Hammond Jr. has stopped using these things. He is sober and will hopefully be staying with us for the foreseeable future.
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