Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: Sobriety Is Empowering

By Kelly Burch 09/29/17

"It's hard in this industry. People are made to feel like they don't belong, because they're not a part of that. And it's a shame.” 

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Heavy metal music is associated with drug use and partying, but Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says that doesn’t have to be the case.

"It's stronger to be that badass—to be the guy who sees it all, remembers it all, feels it all, and, at the end of the night, doesn't need that quote-unquote party, you know. Because it's hard in this industry; people are made to feel like they don't belong, because they're not a part of that. And it's a shame,” he said, according to Blabbermouth

Taylor was speaking at a benefit for Rock to Recovery, a non-profit promoting recovery in the music industry, which was started by Korn guitarist Wes Geer. This year Taylor was honored at the event

The rock star has been open throughout the years about his past trauma stemming from a sexual assault when he was a child. He has spoken about his addiction and suicide attempts, even sharing a story of when he woke up in a dumpster, presumably because his "friends" thought he had died from an overdose. 

“The last thing I remember was I was taking cocaine and all of the sudden I was waking up in a dumpster. All my friends were gone,” Taylor said, according to Rockfeed. “What I think happened was they thought I was dead. You can’t call them friends really. That was like the defining moment for me and that’s when I moved.”

Now, Taylor hopes that his involvement with organizations like Rock to Recovery will help others who are feeling desperate. 

"Besides it being a great way for me to get together with my friends and have a good time, it's really cool that it is promoting the positivity of being sober, especially in this industry,” he said. 

While many people see the glamorous side of partying, few see the real consequences that partying has on artists’ lives, he says.  

“Because a lot of people miss the mark sometimes and think that if you're into this kind of music, if you're into this way of life, it has to be that constant party, that constant barrage of chemicals and drugs and alcohol,” Taylor said. “And people only really see the magazine side of that—they don't see the reality of it until it's too late. I love the fact that this organization is breaking that down and showing that being sober can be very empowering.”

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