Steve-O Talks Rock Bottom: My Addiction Was Desperate & Pathetic

By Kelly Burch 01/21/19

The reality TV star discussed his rock bottom moment during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger.

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Steve-O did a lot of silly and dangerous stunts when he was staring on Jackass, but the former star says that his addiction put him at much greater risk. In a recent episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Steve-O described his rock bottom. 

“I’m in [my dealer’s] house and over at the table where he would weigh out all of his drugs, there was a very noticeable residue of cocaine,” Steve-O said, according to People. “And so I went over to the table to scrape up a pile of cocaine to snort it. But as I had sat down looking at it … you could see, like, the little tiny little blood splatter on the residue.”

His dealer, he said, was known to have HIV. However, the risk of contracting the disease wasn’t enough to scare Steve-O off from using the drugs.

“This is how just desperate and pathetic my addiction was that I sat there knowingly scraping up this tainted, like, blood cocaine. I sat there and snorted it, which is so f--d up,” he said. “I snorted the blood of an intravenous drug user.”

On the episode, Steve-O, 43, also discussed the physical toll that Jackass took on him and how it still concerns him today. 

He said, “I can count five times where I was hit in the head hard enough to actually like black out … That’s concerning to me. I mean especially where the one time I landed on my face on concrete off a second-floor balcony.” 

He also made some loose safety demands on set, he said. 

“I heard that getting kicked in the balls a lot like a lot of trauma to your testicles increases your chances for testicular cancer. Once I heard that, I decided to be like, it’s gotta be like a really special occasion if I’m gonna take a nut shot.”

Steve-O posted on Twitter last March that he has been sober for a decade, thanks in part to the intervention from his friends and co-stars. 

“Hard to believe it’s been an entire decade since I’ve had a drink or a drug. I just can’t put into words how grateful I am for @realjknoxville and the rest of the guys who locked me up in a psychiatric ward on March 9, 2008, where this journey began. Thank you, dudes, I love you,” he wrote. 

Now, he’s trying to do the same for former colleague Bam Margera, who recently reentered rehab after a relapse that Steve-O saw coming. 

“I mean, I don't know. And I don't want him to [feel like] I'm attacking him or calling him out, I just think that there were signs that, if he hadn't already drank, it was evident that he was going to,” Steve-O said. "The signs were there. I think if you're a sober alcoholic that you kind of can tell."

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