Travis Barker Credits Family For Sobriety

By David Konow 07/03/16

"There have been so many hardships in my life. Now I know how to handle them. I just feel so blessed." 

Travis Barker Credits Family For Sobriety

While on tour with Blink-182, Travis Barker opened up to People magazine about his journey from addiction to sobriety. The Blink drummer has come a long way, not just as a musician, but in moving away from the personal tragedies and addictions that nearly derailed him.

Barker told People that when the pop-punk band broke into the mainstream in the '90s, he had issues handling the success and found himself turning to unhealthy habits to process the lifestyle change. 

"I was probably one of the most unhealthy human beings, from what I ate to what I put in my body. There have been so many hardships in my life. Now I know how to handle them ... I just feel so blessed," said Barker who turned 40 last November.  

Barker has been open about his addictions, which included a daily marijuana habit and a dependence on painkillers. "My breakfast was four blunts, four Vicodin, one Valium, one oxycodone. 'Cause that was the only way I could leave the house. I had to medicate myself before I could even think about getting in the car. It was tough," he told Billboard last year. At one point, his addiction to oxycodone was so bad that “I had a security [guard] that would actually sleep during the day and then stay up at night to make sure I was breathing.”

Barker credits his kids for keeping him on the right track—12-year-old son Landon and 10-year-old daughter Alabama. It was when he found out he was going to become a dad that he immediately started working out and changing his lifestyle so he could be a healthy father, he told People.

In 2008, Barker survived a plane crash, which killed four out of six passengers on board. Barker's best friend, DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein), was the other survivor. The crash burned 65% of Barker’s body, and afterwards he wrestled with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and thoughts of suicide. Barker would also suffer the loss of Goldstein, who succumbed to an overdose 11 months after the plane crash.

But again, the love of his family has helped him stave off his demons. He stayed alive, and sober, for his family. “I knew I had to bounce back,” Barker told People. “I’m a father—I had two human beings who were looking to me for guidance. I was sober from that point on.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.