John Taylor Opens Up About Addiction

John Taylor co-founded the band Duran Duran in 1981, which went on to become one of the world’s most famous groups. Treatment Alternative’s New Jersey Treatment center reports that the music legend recently gave an interview to an addiction blog, describing how success and rising to stardom can introduce a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol.

This downward spiral took hold of John Taylor, who quickly fell victim to alcohol and cocaine addictions. Taylor recollected the shame and guilt he began to feel from his substance abuse, recalling how he could never just have a few drinks when he went out: “Alcohol always took me to drugs,” he said.

After feeling like he was living his life on an empty tank, Taylor made the decision to go through treatment in the early 2000s. In 2012, he published a memoir called “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran”, in which he recounted the band’s monumental success and the destructive party lifestyle he developed as a celebrity. “The hardest topic for me to write about was the drug use, and how I was going to create a scene that [conveys a] sense of real desperation to show that I had reached a bottom.”

Today, John Taylor says he is still working towards being a responsible adult in recovery. “[…] Even if the battle has changed over the years, it’s still a battle.” Taylor describes his recovery as a lifetime of adjusting his mindset and habits. The professionals at our New Jersey Treatment Center offer counseling in life skills to strengthen your mindset during your recovery.

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