Sober Josh Brolin Opens Up About Former Heroin Use

By McCarton Ackerman 03/18/14

The No Country For Old Men actor detailed his miscreant youth in Southern California while opening up about realizing he was on a destructive path.

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Four months after entering treatment for substance abuse, Josh Brolin is now opening up about the extent of his former drug past. The recently sober actor admitted to robbing cars for drug money while part of a California gang in his teens while also copping to trying heroin.

“I tried heroin. I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, which is a good thing,” he said in a new interview with The Guardian. "I've had 19 friends who died. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now."

Brolin also described his time with the surf gang known as the Cito Rats when he grew up in Santa Barbara. "It was the '80s. It was punk rock,” he explained. “You either had the children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents, so it was a mix.”

Brolin entered rehab just days after getting into a drunken bar brawl last November that was caught on tape. The fight with a bouncer took place outside of an Irish pub in Santa Monica, CA, which bizarrely ended in them hugging it out. On New Year’s Day of that year, the actor was arrested for public intoxication after police found him heavily intoxicated on a sidewalk in Santa Monica.

One month later, his marriage to Diane Lane ended after nine years. "It made me think of a lot of things,” said Brolin. “My mum dying when I was in my 20s. All the impact that had on me that I hadn't moved past; I was always such a mama's boy. But I realized that I was on a destructive path. I knew that I had to change and mature. It was like I stepped back and saw the hamster wheel."

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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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