Flea Discusses Details of Drug Addiction in 'TIME' Op-Ed

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs in 2016
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Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs during the "Feel the Bern" fundraiser for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Ace Theater Downtown LA on Feb. 5, 2016 in Los Angeles.  

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.”

He then described in detail his struggle with prescription painkillers and opioids, even touching upon a snowboarding incident in relation to Oxycontin. Additionally he mentioned how addiction can happen to anyone, even some unexpected victims including lawyers and philosophers. “Addiction doesn’t care who you are,” he wrote.

Read the full op-ed on TIME’s website here.