Just days after revealing that he suffers from acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders, In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth has opened up about how his condition led to an addiction to opioids. According to Loudwire, Howorth has been dealing with the pain for the better part of a decade and in 2008 began to take painkillers after every show. He told Texas radio station KBAT, “I would take one to help me with the pain after the show and as everyone knows, one turns into two. I started taking them before the show because it would make me have a better show. That went on for probably about three years and I think I did a lot of overreaching and overdoing it and I was masking what was going on. I’ve been clean now for about two years.”
Howorth added, “Every time we’d go on tour I’d have to figure out a way to find enough pills to do the tour. It’s a horrible way to live. It’s a bummer that I did so much damage over the years and it caught up with me in this way and effected my band and our career a little bit. It’s just a lesson, you know?”
- In the interview, Howorth cited the dependence of people around the country on opioids and even the death of Prince as reasons for why he wanted to go public with the story of his own addiction.
- Despite his arthritis diagnosis, Howorth said earlier this week that he is “determined to continue writing and performing with my band.”
- Howorth co-founded In This Moment with singer Maria Brink over a decade ago. The pair remain the band’s only original members.
- The band’s North American tour is scheduled to kick off on Friday (June 17th) in Sioux City, Iowa. In This Moment will also be special guests later this summer on Korn and Rob Zombie‘s co-headlining trek.
- Have you or has anyone you know had to take painkillers for a legitimate medical reason?
- Did the painkillers themselves become an issue?
- Many Americans reportedly use or abuse opioids. Do you think this is a national epidemic?
- Can someone like Chris revealing his own struggle help others kick their habit?
INTERNET COMMENTS at The PRP — agree or not?
Tom wrote: “I’m goin through it now…. I used to be a huge pill head. I got a bunch of herniated discs in my back and bulging ones in my neck. I got myself down to one or 2x a week and not a ton of em all day like i used too. It sucks big time. Good for him for quitting for good.”
Deke Darko wrote: “I feel you bud. I’m a recovering heroin addict and I’ll tell ya, the struggle with opioid addiction is real. It is without a doubt the best high of any drug, makes you not give a s**t about anything, and the longer you f**k with it, the longer it’ll f**k with you.”
Kenneth wrote: “5 years addicted, 2 years on Suboxone and still struggling to say the least. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever be able to have a normal life again, but I’m trying my damnedest. If anyone reading this is considering taking any opiate, I advise you to throw that thought in the trash.”