In a new TIME op-ed, Flea digs deep into his past drug addiction and about finally going clean in 1993 at age 30.
The bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers titled his piece “The Temptation of Drugs Is a B*tch.” “All my life I’ve gone through periods of horrific anxiety: a tightness in my stomach that creeps up and squeezes my brain in an icy grip. My mind relentlessly whirring, I can’t eat or sleep, and I stare into a seemingly infinite void of despair, a bottomless pit of fear. Ouch. Man, drugs would fix all that in a flash.”