The Bring Me The Horizon frontman talked ketamine, rehab and getting clean earlier this week...
He's alluded to it before, but earlier this week, Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes gave an emotional speech where he owned up to his now-conquered ketamine addiction. Speaking at the Alternative Press Magazine Awards on Monday, he had this to say:
"I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about: before we wrote 'Sempiternal' I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine, I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me, my fucking brother wanted to kill me, everyone wanted to kill me. They wanted to fucking to take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all that shit and we wrote 'Sempiternal' because of it.
No one fucking knows this but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you had no idea that I was in rehab but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails and when I got out of rehab I didn't want to fucking scream any more, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. It's all thanks to you, so thank you very much."
Props to you, Oli for overcoming what many, many others cannot.
If you or someone you know is dealing with drug addiction, there are lots of ways to get help. The NHS does a good job of breaking down your primary options on this page.