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Nikki Sixx Celebrates Sober Birthday

The Mötley Crüe bassist says sobriety is the "greatest gift you will ever receive."

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By May Wilkerson

07/03/13

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Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is proof that you don't have to be tame to abstain. He celebrated the anniversary of his sobriety yesterday with a post on his Facebook page. "Fuck yeah," he writes. "Today is my sobriety birthday. By letting go of self and ego, working a program that connects you to a higher power and giving back to those still struggling are just some of the important things you learn through sobriety. You get to repair the damage done from drink, drugs and horrific behaviors that broke people's hearts who loved you." The 54-year-old rocker struggled with substance abuse throughout his early and mid-career and was even declared clinically dead after a heroin overdose in 1987 made his heart stop for two minutes. Now sober for years, he credits an active recovery "program" for helping him transform his life and relationships. "For me, taking away the substance just gave me a honest view of who I had become and then the healing started," he writes, “Today I get to be a better father, friend, artist & future husband ( the list goes on too )." Sixx admits that sobriety is not easy, but calls it "the greatest gift you will ever receive IF you’re an addict.” But for those who can drink and drug in moderation, the rocker suggests a toast in honor of his milestone. “If you’re not an addict," he writes, "have a drink on me today.”

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