Cher's Son Opens Up About Beating Heroin Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 02/11/14

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.

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.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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