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Neil Young quits the booze

September 24, 2012

Neil Young is known as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of his generation, but it’s taken him until 66 years of age to realise he has addiction issues – with drugs and alcohol.

He has been sober for nearly a year now, according to The Guardian, and in his forthcoming memoir, “Waging Heavy Peace”, writes:

“The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognise myself…I need a little grounding in something and I am looking for it everywhere.”

In Jimmy McDonough’s 2002 biography of Young, “Shakey”, the author revealed that the singer’s abuse of  cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol during the 1970s was “ample”.

Many people with addictions are not lucky enough to reach the age of 66 before they become self-aware that they have a problem.  You may have an addiction if:

  • You feel unwell or moody without the substance (withdrawal) and feel normal when you resume use.
  • You need increasing doses of the substance to achieve the same effect.
  • You are organising events and appointments around the timing of use.
  • You have an inability to cope with everyday life unless you take the substance.

If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, it’s time to take action – but you have to want to and be ready.

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