Dougie Poynter has revealed that he has “lost two years” of his memory due to his addiction to Valium.
The McFly bassist – who attempted suicide amid a battle with drugs and alcohol in 2011 – recently opened up about his addiction to anti-anxiety, which he started taking “doses.” deadly ”after the group’s break in 2016.
And now Dougie, 32, has admitted that his battle left him with huge memory gaps from 2016 to 2018, when he finally signed up for rehab.
Candidate: Dougie Poynter revealed he had ‘lost two years’ of his memory due to his Valium addiction (pictured in 2019)
He told The Sun: “It’s a slope that you don’t really realize you’re sliding until it’s too late. Then getting out of that hole is a very, very long process.
When asked if he was unable to remember the period, he added, “Honestly, yes. I mean, you get flashbacks, but it’s a huge blur. It’s strange.
“It’s something that’s really hard to accept, literally losing two years. Two years have passed like a strange dream. Coming out the other end was like, ‘What? Where is my group?
Memory loss: The bassist, 32, admitted his battle left him with huge memory gaps from 2016 to 2018 (pictured with McFly bandmates in 2019)
Dougie went to rehab after an intervention from his group mates, and said he thought he agreed to go to a treatment center without “making noise”, although he did not remember. for sure.
The Happiness hitmaker talks about his addiction in the upcoming documentary McFly: All About You, where he said relapse was closest to “losing myself”.
Speaking candidly about the matter, he said of that time, “On the one hand, I felt inspired because friends in LA would take me to see other bands and stuff.
“On the other hand, I said to myself: ‘But my band is broken and it’s all my fault’. Valium was one way to make it all go away.
Hard: In July, the musicians admitted they were ‘broken’ during their time apart from each other (pictured in 2004)
Speaking to him on the matter, his bandmate Danny Jones continued, “He went from pretty sketchy to super cold, like almost dribbling and I was like, ‘Something’s wrong’. “
Harry Judd said he went to confront Dougie about the problem, asking him if he had “taken something” because he could tell something was wrong.
“He kind of told me what he had taken. He was like, at this lethal dosage, ”Harry said of their speech.
Back together: Earlier this month, the McFly members delighted fans when they confirmed they would be releasing new music for the first time in a decade (pictured in 2004)
As a result, Dougie signed up for rehab, and he then asked Tom Fletcher to come and consult with him – with Harry and Dan joining up soon after.
Referring to the separation of Dougie’s parents at the age of 15 which saw him move in with the band, Tom added, “We’re everything he had to hang on to when there were tough things in it. his life. “
Discussing their progress in counseling sessions, he said, “We realized that Dougie hadn’t done anything wrong. And that’s the biggest lesson in all of this.
Since the group got together, Dougie said he felt a lot more fulfilled, saying, “That’s all I really know and all I really want to know.
McFly: All About Us airs Saturday at 6:40 p.m.
Help: Dougie signed up for rehab and he asked Tom Fletcher to come see him for a consultation, with Harry and Dan joining shortly after, which helped him realize he wasn’t to blame.