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Flea Talks Substance Abuse Issues

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea has opened up about his prior substance abuse issues. The musician opened up with Time Magazine about his struggles with addiction in the past and says he fell victim to the same illness that is plaguing many across the country.

"I've been around substance abuse since the day I was born," said Flea. "All the adults in my life regularly numbed themselves to ease their troubles, and alcohol or drugs were everywhere, always. I started smoking weed when I was eleven, and then proceeded to snort, shoot, pop, smoke, drop and dragon chase my way through my teens and twenties."

He added:

"Addiction is a cruel disease, and the medical community, together with the government, should offer help to all of those who need it. Life hurts. The world is scary and it's easier to take drugs than work through pain, anxiety, injustice and disappointment. But by starting with gratitude for the rough times, and valuing the lessons of our difficulties, we've got the opportunity to rise above them and be healthier and happier individuals who live above the strong temptation of addiction

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