Travis Barker’s aircraft crash served as “rehab” to assist him kick his prescription drug dependancy.
In a brand new interview, the Blink-182 drummer detailed his restoration from the 2008 crash— which killed shut associates Chris Baker, Charles “Che” Nonetheless and the 2 pilots—and stated it pressured him to cease abusing opioids.
“People are always like, ‘Did you go to rehab?’ ” Barker informed Males’s Well being. “And I [say], ‘No, I was in a plane crash.’ That was my rehab. Lose three of your friends and almost die? That was my wake-up call. If I wasn’t in a crash, I would have probably never quit.”
Barker, 45, stated he smoked an “excessive amount of weed” previous to the crash and abused painkillers a lot as a technique of coping together with his concern of flying that he developed osteoporosis. Whereas within the hospital for 11 weeks following the crash, Barker incessantly “came to” throughout surgical procedures as a result of his opioid tolerance was so excessive.
Upon his launch, he flushed every little thing down the bathroom, “including stuff that I really needed.”
After present process 26 surgical procedures and a number of pores and skin grafts after burns lined 60 % of his physique, Barker wanted to learn to stroll once more.
“I was told I wasn’t going to run again because I had so many grafts on my feet, and there was even talk of me never playing the drums again,” Barker shared. “As soon as I could walk, I could run. As soon as I could move my hands and my hands healed, I was playing drums. And now I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been.”
A passionate vegan, the musician now runs three to 4 miles per day and bins with a coach.
Although Barker was in a position to restoration bodily, the punk rocker was left with PTSD.
“I was dark,” he stated of his time after the crash. “I couldn’t walk down the street. If I saw a plane [in the sky], I was determined it was going to crash, and I just didn’t want to see it.”
Following three months of intensive remedy to deal with his survivor’s guilt—he now has a tattoo that references it—and PTSD and loads of time, Barker’s fears have began to recede.
“It’s gotten better the further I get away from it,” shared Barker, who’s in a contented relationship with Kourtney Kardashian. “The closer I was to it, it felt like I was closer to the bad stuff than I am to the good stuff. I felt closer to the experience of trying to escape, [to] being in an accident and being burned, trying to grab my friends from a burning plane. That haunted me for a long time. And as long as I was closer to that than this good stuff, I was always thinking about that.
“Now it’s been so many years, it’s getting easier for me. There are days where I’ll wake up and never think about it.”
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