Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Confesses Battling Drugs and Alcohol

While sex, drugs, rock and roll was the lifestyle many musicians pursued back in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, as the casualties started piling up, many artists started openly seeking help in drug rehabilitation centers. The Red Hot Chili Peppers is one band that’s had its share of members suffering from addiction, and their long time drummer Chad Smith recently opened up about getting sober on The Trap Set podcast.

*”It was, like, ‘Okay, I’ve got to be there for my kids, I’ve got to be there for my wife,” Smith said. “it was hard, and you’re used to a certain lifestyle and nobody telling you no. ‘I’m not in the gutter, I’m in a successful rock band, I’m playing great!’ Whatever. You can tell yourself all this stuff. Spiritually, I was pretty bankrupt…I went to rehab.”

*Drugs and alcohol played a hand in the end of Chad’s first marriage, and he wasn’t ready to check into a drug rehabilitation center just yet. “I liked cocaine, but I wasn’t a big cocaine user. Mainly it was alcohol, and then kind of all bets were off. I just made a lot of poor choices.”

*Smith even admitted to losing his driver’s license for two years for drunk driving, and he was sentenced days in jail for a hit and run before he finally decided to get help. He ended up spending “twenty-six days” in the joint overall “because you get one day a week off for good behavior.”