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    Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:17:41

    The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. Reveals He Was a Major Drug Addict - Find out what he was hooked on

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    The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. has revealed that he was a major drug addict during the band's most popular and most fertile musical period.

    He was hooked on both heroin and cocaine.

    AH, Jr., 33, went to rehab in 2009. Now, he has opened up about his drug demons.

    He began using in 2006 after the release of the band's album First Impressions of Earth.

    He told NME, "Around the second album (2003′s Room on Fire), I'd say, I was in a dark place, dude. I was in a very dark place. I'm just now being able to understand or speak about that time, and it's been almost four years... It was...oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26. And then I became [addicted to] heroin around then. So from 26, 27, 'til 29..."

    It's a wonder he survived, but we are glad he did!

    Hammond, Jr. further explained, "It's not so much that I wasn't in a happy place. I was just... God knows where I was. I was just very high. That's where I was... I mean, do you want me to get specific? I don't mind, but yeah, I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine. All together. Morning, night, 20 times a day. You know, I was a mess. I look back and I don't even recognize myself. I did my own thing. I mean, you have moments when you're fine. And if someone meets you, you seem fine. But I remember when I was showing someone some music and I was wearing a short shirt and there were just purple [track marks] all the way down. And then they would call someone. 'Did you see Albert? He looks crazy?' That's where I learned to wear long sleeves. I've had these tattoos forever and I have people coming up. 'Oh, you've had new tattoos?' I'm like, 'No, you just haven't seen me with a short shirt on..."

    So the musician used long sleeve shirts to hide his track marks. Man, he was in the shit, wasn't he?

    Looking back, Hammond, Jr. mused, "I think drugs were a great way to get out of your head. You enjoy that for a while, it helps you to go to new places. But then it stops you from growing and puts you in a place where you're just not as good as you could be... I'm not judging. I did it hard and for a long time, so I'm in no place to judge, nor would I. Something clicked one day, and I got out of it."

    We are glad that something clicked and that he got better!

    What is your favorite song by The Strokes? Are you moved by Albert Hammond, Jr.'s tale of survival and triumph over drugs?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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