Jonathan Davis of Korn on Kicking His Addiction to Meth

'I never got the weird, crazy psychosis, but I met a lot of people that did'

To loosely quote Rick James: It's "a hell of a drug."

On the iconic Chappelle's Show sketch detailing his out of control, drug-fueled outbursts, James was talking about cocaine. But the sentiment can certainly be adjusted for Methamphetamines. Maybe more so. C'mon, you saw Breaking Bad.

Speaking with former Jackass star Steve-O on his Wild Ride podcast (Steve-O is also enjoying life clean and sober for the past eleven years), KORN singer Jonathan Davis gave some insight into his own struggles with addiction, and how he was able to kick a meth habit before heading out on the band's first tour in the early '90s.

"It started before Korn blew up. I started doing meth when I moved to Huntington, and there's a lot of meth there from Bakersfield, and I got hooked up with someone that was giving me tons of it there," says Davis about how his meth use began.

Davis went on to explain how fans can see the results of using "tons of it" on their first self-titled record released in 1994. "So on the first album, we have a title called 'Helmet in the Bush' – it's about meth. I started doing meth there, that was the first record."

"I got sober right after we did the third record," says Davis about his decision to quit before heading out on their Follow The Leader tour with House Of Pain and Biohazard. "So, I stopped meth when we started touring because I couldn't function; there's no way I could be up for two days and tour and keep it together, and I had to stop."

How did he stop? He took a long, much needed nap.

"So the day we took off on tour... we got in our trailer and we built bunks, and I just got on that bunk and I slept for five f****** days, got up and played a show, and that's when I kicked it."

Although Jonathan says he never got to the point of seeing things that weren't there or flying into fits of uncontrollable paranoia, he always knew it was a real possibility and knew there was no way he could take his habit on the road -- so he took up drinking and cocaine.

"I couldn't do meth and f****** tour, it wouldn't work. So I started drinking, and then I became a raging alcoholic – and cocaine occasionally when I could find it. But yeah, they go hand in hand."

Looking back, "I was always smart enough to know when to put it down," he laughed. "When I start getting paranoid or weird, I'd just go to bed, but I saw a lot of people do that s***... One of my meth dealers, I went to his house and he had holes on the walls where he's like, 'there's cameras in the walls, man!' And I start talking to people, they're like, 'they're following me in helicopters and I could see the agents in the bushes!' And it's like, 'oh my god, you need to go to sleep.'

"I never got the weird, crazy psychosis, but I met a lot of people that did, and that was when it gets scary."

The band has spoken openly in the past about their copious drug use, telling Rolling Stone in 2004, "All that crazy, scatting s***, that was all from me probably being up too long."

Davis urged fans experiencing mental health crises to seek help during an interview with RADIO.COM for I’m Listening last year, drawing on personal experience after the death of his estranged wife in 2018 due to addiction.

Join us for this year's special 2-hour show on Wednesday September 23 as we continue the conversation about mental health.

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