That thought would be wrong.
Granted, RBC’s primary focus is on sobriety and Sixx is infamous for The Heroin Diaries, but the latter is as much cautionary tale as it is rock chronicle. Furthermore, “in the context of America’s opioid epidemic, Sixx’s tell-all serves as a manual for understanding the realities of a public-health crisis that killed more than 42,000 people in 2016.”
Equally important, in the decade since that debauch of a book hit the racks, Sixx has become one of the most vocal proponents of sober living.
Yep, you read correctly. Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, one-time poster child for the ultimate rockstar junkie lifestyle, is living the sober life. And, as his Fast Company interview makes clear, he’s as happy and as productive as ever.
Sixx is also still cool. And he wants every addict in The Life to see so too.
“My goal is to be someone who people can look at and go, That guy’s been around for a long time and he’s clean sober and he’s still cool,” said Sixx. “He’s still writing cool music. He does radio. He paints. He does photography. I would like sobriety to look pretty cool.”
Sixx, who’s been sober for over 16 years, isn’t simply being cooly creative with his clean time, he’s using his sobriety to advocate for clean living.
“Sixx has many things on his plate,” writes FC’s Melissa Blocker. “photography, developing a musical based on The Heroin Diaries, writing music with his band Sixx:A.M. And he’s become a vocal spokesperson on ways to combat opioid addiction. He’s lived it, after all.”
Blocker goes on to cite the September LA Times Op-Ed in which Sixx calls for the current administration “to follow through on the White House Opioid Commission’s interim report, which urged a greater focus on treatment for addicts, education about pain management for doctors, and called out the drug manufacturers for their role in the crisis.”
“[That] interim report spells out the right approach,” wrote Sixx. “It emphasizes treatment, education about pain management for doctors, research and data collection, and rational ‘supply reduction.’ It spells out policy goals based on facts and science. The president should listen to his own experts. Now.”
“Americans are dying. Entire towns are being destroyed. Local economies are crippled by addiction. Yet this epidemic can be stopped, it’s solvable.”
So you see, Recovery Boot Camp’s main tenets do jibe with those of the notorious Nikki Sixx: though the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportion, we both believe it can be stopped -- with some serious treatment, and a serious look at how cool it is to be clean.
Photo: Nikki Sixx on 10th Sober Birthday. Courtesy Hennemusic.