Kid Cudi Reveals How He Beat His Addictions

By Bryan Le 03/27/14

There was no rehab or clinics, he claims, just a goal of who he wanted to be in his mind.


In an interview with Headkrack's Hip Hop Spot, rapper Kid Cudi talked about how his sudden and unexpected fame drove him to alcohol and drugs.

"I could not wrap my head around the fact that a week before I blew up I was just a regular dude," said Cudi.

His new lifestyle led him to alcohol and cocaine, but he's been able to give up both since. "I just got to this point, and especially up until recently, I gave up liquor, I don’t drink anymore, it’s been five and a half months I’ve been sober,” Cudi said. “The booze was a new thing for me, I didn’t realize I was an alcoholic all these years."

Cudi claims he was able to quit his addictions without clinical help. "I had a problem, I think with any addiction you have to be ready to make the choice, whether it’s cigarettes or anything. You have to just commit and you just have to stick with it," he said. "I stopped everything cold turkey... I didn’t go to rehab. I don’t believe in these things. Some people need the extra help, not me."

To help himself get clean, he focused on who he was before the fame and who he wanted to be from now on.

"I wasn’t a drug addict before this crap, I wasn’t doing cocaine, I wasn’t getting wasted every night because I didn’t want to be alone. I wasn’t this dark person before the madness, I was a whole other dude," he explained.

"You just have to make the choice and decide the person you wanna be and stick with it. You get to a certain age where the people around you are not gonna be on that rollercoaster all day long...People want you to be one person and stick with it and I chose to be clean and be sober and get my life together. For myself, for my health, for my daughter, for my family.”

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