Elton John celebrated his 30 years of sobriety, said a CNN report.
He added if he did not ask for help, he’d be dead.
The Grammy-winner wrote on Instagram on Thursday:
“(I am) reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday.”
He shared there are so many lovely cards, flowers, and chips from his sons, David, friends in the Program, the staff at the office, and in their homes.
“I’m truly a blessed man.”
“If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.”
“Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way.”
Revelations From Past Interviews
John was always open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol.
In his interview with Variety, he talked about his experience getting sober.
The singer-songwriter said:
“When you come out of treatment, it’s like being reborn.”
“You are so stripped down and completely vulnerable.”
“It’s like starting life over with a new rule book for living.”
“I felt trepidation about how I would be able to do anything again.”
John Turned To Drugs To Battle His Shyness
In an article from Biography, John claimed that used drugs to battle his shyness.
In the early 1970s, John portrayed “a flamboyant performer who could hold the attention of an entire arena.”
Offstage, he was reserved and shy.
So he turned to cocaine to overcome what he thought he lacked, said the article.
The biopic added, “(John) experienced life through a drug-fueled haze.”
This was reportedly over 16 years throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s.
His Biopic Into A Movie
This addiction during his earlier decade as a performer was represented onscreen in the biopic Rocketman.
Taron Egerton portrayed John and Jamie Bell as his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin.