Billy Joe Armstrong has the determination to stay sober. The Green Day front-man needs to following his latest stint in re-hab. He goes on to stay that he feels sick when he watches the footage of the meltdown that he had taken in public while in las Vegas in September before he had sought treatment.
He had completed thirty days back in October and now reveals wants to fight the addiction that he has had for almost twenty years now. He gets help through ”meditation through prayer”.
The 40-year-old singer told Rolling Stone magazine:
”I played onstage loaded a lot. I’d have anywhere from two to six beers and a couple of shots before I went onstage, then go and play the gig and drink for the rest of the evening on the bus. Fall asleep, wake up the next day, feel like s**t, do sound-check…it was over and over again. In that way, I was a functioning alcoholic.
”I’ve been trying to get sober since 1997, right around ‘Nimrod’. But I didn’t want to be in any programs. Sometimes, being a drunk, you think you can take on the whole world by yourself. This was the last straw. I had no choices anymore.”
Billy also opened up about his drug addiction, saying:
”I started combing them to a point where I didn’t know what I was taking during the day and what I was taking at night. It was just this routine. My backpack sounded like a giant baby rattle [from all of the vials inside].”
He admitted that he is very embarrassed that the video footage went viral and hasn’t been able to watch it. He said:
”People will remind me a little bit. Or I’ll see a photograph. And it makes me so sick. No. I can’t go there. That’s my last drink. Which is good – it’s documented. Anytime I feel like drinking, I can think about it.”