Stevie Nicks Says She's 'The Worst Drug Addict,' But Still Smokes Pot

By McCarton Ackerman 01/20/15

The Fleetwood Mac singer has opened up again about her addictions in a cover story for Rolling Stone.

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is once again talking about her former heavy drug use, this time for a cover feature in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has been clean from prescription drugs for over 20 years and cocaine for nearly 30 years. But despite admitting that she once was “the worst drug addict,” she admitted to still smoking marijuana to help with the creative process. However, Nicks is convinced her occasional use won’t lead to a relapse.

“When I’m writing, I will allow myself to smoke a little bit of pot,” she said. “It’s my one little thing that I can do. I use it as a tool and I’m very careful. And I get results. If I thought it was going to lead me back to something worse, I’d stop.”

Nicks first tried cocaine in 1973 and eventually went to the Betty Ford Clinic to kick her habit. She became addicted to Klonopin for eight years after a doctor prescribed it to her, but got sober once again after a 47-day hospital detox in 1994. Her close friend, Tom Petty, revealed that he tried convincing her for years to get help.

“I was very worried about her,” he told the magazine. “If the phone did ring and they said, ‘Stevie died,’ I wouldn’t have been surprised.

The singer did so much cocaine that she actually developed a hole in her nose. But she only entered rehab when a doctor warned Nicks that she would have a brain hemorrhage if she did one more line of cocaine, telling Uncut that “I knew I was going to die and I didn’t want to die. I was on my way.”

Nearly three decades after her first trip to rehab, Nicks said that stay at Betty Ford was inevitable for anyone with a cocaine addiction. Speaking on Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class series, she told people spending money on the drug to start putting some of their those funds aside for treatment.

“My only advice to anybody who is watching me talk right now is to say, 'Save your money, because it's gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab,'" she said, "'You will have to go or you will die.'"

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