Jason Mewes is the product of a broken home, and he was raised by an ex-con, drug addicted mother. In 1994, when Jason was 17, his friend’s low budget film, Clerks, took the Sundance Film Festival by storm. His friend, Kevin Smith, wrote, directed, and starred in the film, and Jason became one of the most memorable characters. His character, Jay, became a hero to all stoner/slackers of this generation.
Jason’s acting career took off, but Jason battled with heroin for a number of years. After being clean for six years, Jason had surgery on his back and was prescribed painkillers. Jason slid back into addiction.
TheVine.com interviewed Jason, where he talked candidly about his addiction and relapse. He talks about addiction in a series of shows and podcasts with Kevin Smith. Jason feels these shows provide a type of therapy for him. He explained to Kevin Smith that when he relapsed on painkillers, he felt he did not have anyone in his life that held him accountable, so it was easy to relapse without a watchful and caring eye. Kevin then suggested they focus on this issue in a weekly podcast, making Jason accountable to both Kevin and the entire audience. Jason claims talking about his past reminds him where he does not want to be, helping him focus on the future and staying sober. He is also amazed that people tell him that the podcast has also helped them to remain clean, or inspires them to get clean.
Read Jason’s interview, as he talks honestly about addiction, relapse, and his career. Photo courtesy of The Vine.