MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx was a guest on the November 14 episode of "The Doctors".
The musician, photographer, and best-selling author, who has been outspoken over the years about his heroin addiction, discussed how the music industry can lead to drug abuse for some.
Asked if the "rock and roll lifestyle" encourages and enables drug abuse, Sixx responded: "Yes and no. It depends on the artist. Like when Whitney Houston passed away, I think it was a good time to look at enablers. There's a lot of people around the artist — there's managers, there's agents, there's road managers, there's crew, there's family members — so when you see a person heading towards that addiction, a lot of people don't wanna stop the money train, and that's where you hear about a lot of the tragedies in rock and roll and other kinds of music as well. But I'm really happy to be a survivor of heroin addiction and alcoholism and be a father and be able to be here today and talk to you guys."
Nikki also described having an out-of-body experience following a drug overdose in 1987. After being declared clinically dead, he was revived by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The incident inspired MÖTLEY CRÜE's 1989 hit "Kickstart My Heart".
"I was a heroin addict for exactly one year," he said. "And my heart stopped for two minutes and I came back, I went home and I shot up again and overdosed again. And I woke up the next day and I kind of had a spiritual awakening — that's the only way I can explain it. Because I woke up and it was the first time I didn't wanna do drugs. It just changed my perspective, and it was at that time I said, 'I wanna turn my life around and do something good with this horrible information.'"
"The Doctors" returned this past September for its tenth season. The Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show has offered the most timely, topical and practical health, wellness and lifestyle information on daytime television since 2008.
Season 10 is anchored by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, and OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry. Professionals from across the health and wellness spectrum visit daily as the show continues to delve into real-life stories, provide sought-after answers, interventions and care.
As always, viewers get newsworthy exclusives and see numerous follow-ups with guests they met in seasons past, many of whom had life-changing or life-saving procedures.
"The Doctors" has been recognized for excellence with the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show/Informative" in 2010 and was nominated again in 2016, bringing its nominations to six in this category. The co-hosts were also nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" in 2011 and 2012. The show has received numerous accolades from the medical community, including the Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross and a PRISM Award. Other award nominations include for The Gracies Award, The Real Screen Award and a PR News Platinum PR Award.
Taped in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood, "The Doctors" is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.
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Photo credit (above): Courtney Sixx