While Anselmo was going through detox, New Orleans was recovering from Hurricane Katrina, so he was splitting time in Houston and Waco, Tex., before he could return home three months later.
“And by the time I got back home, I was this close… and then I finally looked at this piece of fucking shit in my hand, this little tiny chip of medicine, methadone… It's garbage. It's soul-stealing garbage.”
Former Pantera Frontman Phil Anselmo on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'Every Year It Gets Tougher'
Although he was able to wean himself off it, Anselmo called methadone “the worst drug in the fucking world, right next to heroin.” He also called soma “the worst drug ever made, next to methadone,” and described being addicted to it, despite receiving it from his doctor. Finally, he called heroin “evil” and likened it to “slamming the door shut” on the outside world.
But Anselmo is clean now, and he has a positive message for the kids:
“First and foremost, you children out there, don't use hard drugs. There's ways around things. Go to a doctor, get checked out. Don't just take your friend's word for it: 'Hey, this pill's gonna fix everything. This drug's gonna fix everything.' It's not true. It's fake. Don't use hard drugs. And I learned the hard way, but here I am."
Anselmo currently fronts Superjoint and Down. The former has been teasing the idea of new music this year.