Cher's Son Opens Up About Beating Heroin Addiction | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Cher's Son Opens Up About Beating Heroin Addiction

Elijah Blue Allman sparked controversy for saying that heroin "saved my life" so close to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.


Allman and Cher in 2002.

By McCarton Ackerman


| Share

Cher’s son, Elijah Blue Allman, sparked controversy last week for declaring that his former heroin use “kind of saved my life.” Allman, 37, now works as a musician and has been sober since 2008 after kicking his drug addiction.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Allman said his drug use began at age 11 with pot and ecstasy and was done as a means of escape. “I (was) just looking to escape all the things in my past and, that's when you turn to those kind of drugs, you know heroin and opiates,” he said. "(Heroin) kind of saved me … If I didn't have that at that point, I don't know what I would have done … You may jump off a bridge. If you can only just go through that time period and live through it and then get help."

But after his comments about his heroin use raised eyebrows, particularly so close to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allman took to Twitter and clarified his statements. "In the way that people say 'cancer saved me' or 'losing my sight helped me see,' it can take something malevolent to self-improve," he tweeted. "People we've all lost along the way have been devastating...I'm an enormous appreciator of Phil Hoffman's talent."

Allman also revealed that he had tried to get clean prior to succeeding in 2008, but nearly died from an overdose during one such attempt. “I did have some close calls and some moments of really feeling at the edge of mortality,” he said. “I always kind of kept it a little bit safe, but you never can do that. Even though you think that in your mind, of course the wrong things can happen.”

Now married to Marieangela King as of last September, Allman said he is currently estranged from his famous mother. Cher’s other son, Chaz Bono, was addicted to painkillers, alcohol, and cigarettes before quitting all those vices in 2004. He also spoke out last year about his battle with food addiction.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv