'I Felt Like I Was Dying': Justin Bieber Opens Up About Past Drug Abuse
Getting candid in his YouTube Original docuseries, 'Seasons', Justin Bieber revealed he began using drugs at just "12 or 13 years old".
In the fifth episode of the series, JB revealed that after trying marijuana as a preteen, he quickly became "dependent" on the depressant, before turning to other drugs.
“I don’t think it’s bad, I just think for me it can be a dependency,” Bieber says of marijuana.
He graduated to sipping what's commonly referred to as "lean", a codeine-based cough syrup that's mixed with soda and hard candy, before also using MDMA and psychedelic mushrooms.
"It was just an escape for me," Bieber said. "I was young, like everybody in the industry, or in the world, who experiment. But my experience was in front of cameras and I had a different level of exposure. I had a lot of money and a lot of things, so then you have all these people around me hanging on and wanting stuff from me, knowing I was living this lifestyle that they also wanted to live."
He continued, "I decided to stop because... I was like, dying."
He added, "My security were coming into the room at night to check my pulse. People don't know how serious it got. It was legit crazy-scary."
After realising the serious nature of his drug abuse, the 25-year-old finally decided to kick the drugs once and for all.
"I basically said to myself, 'God, if you are real, you get me through this season of stopping these pills and stuff, and if you do, I'll do the rest of the work'" he said, adding, "I never did the actual work. I got off the pills but never went to the root of everything so I just circled back around which most people do."
These days, JB is a world away from the troublemaking rich kid that was blasted by social media for his destructive behaviour. Now married to model Hailey Baldwin, the singer is now putting his health as a priority -- particularly after he was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
"I've abused my body in the past and now I'm just in the recovery process," he said, adding that he now has an oxygen chamber in his house to help with his anxiety and goes through nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) IV treatment to "help flush toxins" out of his body.
Explaining the NAD treatment, wife Hailey said, "For people who used to have a drug problem, when they get sober, the pleasure centers of their brain don't work the same. So what NAD does is actually helps to repair that part of that brain and it helps repair the pleasure centers to balance them back out."
Bieber added, "I'm committed to getting better because I know ultimately being the best me is going to help me be the best husband, the best father, the best friend I can possibly be."
"And for all the fans that want to enjoy the music that I make. I can't do it if I'm not healthy, and I haven't been healthy for a long time."