Guns N’ Roses Drummer: I’ve Never Been Happier Than I Am Sober

By Kelly Burch 05/29/18

"After, like, the ninth month of not drinking, my whole life did a 180. Everything changed. I became happy again. I love life again."

Steven Adler
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Steven Adler, the former drummer for Guns N’ Roses, who left the rock band because his drug use was becoming too much, says that he has never been more happy than he is living life in recovery. 

"My health is fabulous. Actually, tomorrow I will have four years and four months of no drinking. And I haven't done drugs since 2008. So I've never been happier,” Adler recently told a journalist, according to Blabbermouth

While the initial period of recovery was difficult, Adler said that he began to notice positive changes in his life the longer he stayed away from drugs and alcohol. 

"After, like, the ninth month of not drinking, my whole life did a 180," he said. "Everything changed. I became happy again. I love life again. I enjoy the sunsets. I enjoy the sunrise. It's beautiful.”

Guns N’ Roses paused recording during the late ‘80s and early '90s to give Adler a chance to get his heroin addiction under control. However, Adler wasn’t able to stay sober, so he was kicked out of the band in 1990. 

Since he has been sober, Adler has joined the band on some tour dates, and has also started his own Guns N’ Roses tribute band. In order to keep touring with that band, Adler maintains a strict routine that helps him stay sober, he said. 

"I wake up," he said. "The first thing I do is I read The Four Agreements. It's a book from Don Miguel Ruiz. [The book's mantra is] be impeccable with your word; don't take things personal; don't make assumptions; and always do your best—no more no less,” Adler said. 

“I read a little of that, I have my decaf tea, I go on the treadmill and I do a little jogging to stay in shape, and then I practice. It's all mind, body and soul. So I read the book for my mind, I do the treadmill for my body, and I play the drums for my soul. And then the rest of the time, I sit round and watch Family Guy with my dogs.”

Adler’s mother, Deanna Adler, recently spoke about watching her son struggle for so many years. 

"[It] was very hard to see my son hurt like that and have a disease like that, because I've never drank or smoked or done drugs—I'm just a normal person,” she said. “But to see your son in such pain like that and knowing that you can't do anything—I thought I could do something to help him, but in reality you can't."

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.