Travis Barker says surviving fatal plane crash made him stop drugs –

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Travis Barker says surviving fatal plane crash made him stop drugs – fr


Travis Barker talks about the life-changing plane crash he barely survived in September 2008.

The 45-year-old Blink-182 drummer spoke to Men’s Health in an interview posted Monday about accepting his survivor’s guilt he felt after being one of only two survivors of the accident that killed four.

He also explained how he was motivated to give up prescription drugs when his friend Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein, the only other survivor, died a year later from a prescription drug overdose.

“People always say to themselves, ‘Did you go to rehab? Barker said. ‘And me [say], “No, I was in a plane crash. It was my rehab. Lose three of your friends and almost die? It was my wake-up call. If I hadn’t been in an accident, I probably would never have quit.

The aftermath: Travis Barker, 45, spoke about the fatal plane crash he survived in 2008 and how the shock helped him stop abusing prescription drugs even though he faced the debilitating guilt of the survivor; Barker pictured in November 2020 in LA

Late on the night of September 19, 2008, Barker boarded a private jet in South Carolina to return to Los Angeles after a performance, accompanied by Goldstein, his security guard Charles ‘Che’ Still and his assistant. Chris Baker.

As the small plane was attempting to take off, one of the tires shattered, causing the craft to overshoot the runway, burst through the airport fence and onto the nearby highway. , and eventually crashed into the embankment on the side of the road.

Pilot Sarah Lemmon and co-pilot James Bland were killed minutes after inhaling smoke and being burned when the plane caught fire on impact, according to the Chicago Tribune. Still and Baker were also killed on impact.

Barker and Goldstein were able to escape the burning plane via an emergency exit over the wing, but they were both engulfed in flames as they slid down the wing and were covered with jet fuel on fire.

Terrifying: Barker was on a plane in South Carolina with his assistant, bodyguard and friend Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein when a tired boy blew during take off; seen in 2008

Devastating: The aircraft overstepped the runway and onto a highway and crashed into an embankment before igniting.  All except Barker and Goldstein were killed;  seen in 2008

Devastating: The aircraft overstepped the runway and onto a highway and crashed into an embankment before igniting. All except Barker and Goldstein were killed; seen in 2008

Goldstein was able to extinguish himself and then helped put out the flames on Barker by smothering them with his own clothes.

The ordeal left the two survivors with second and third degree burns, requiring skin grafts.

Barker had third degree burns to 65% of his body and had to spend three months in hospital while undergoing 26 surgeries to repair the damage.

He recalled in the interview how he had used “an excessive amount of weed” before the accident and how he had abused prescription drugs.

“People always say to themselves, ‘Did you go to rehab? Barker said. ‘And me [say], “No, I was in a plane crash. It was my rehab. Lose three of your friends and almost die? It was my wake-up call. If I hadn’t been in an accident, I probably would never have quit.

Goldstein died a year after the crash from a prescription drug overdose, which prompted the drummer to quit.

Terrible injuries: Barker had third degree burns on 65% of his body, and he and Goldstein needed skin grafts;  seen in 2009 in Hollywood

Terrible injuries: Barker had third degree burns on 65% of his body, and he and Goldstein needed skin grafts; seen in 2009 in Hollywood

In an isolated location: A year later, Goldstein died of an overdose of prescription drugs, leaving Travis as the only remaining survivor;  Barker and Goldstein seen with Too Short (center) in 2009

In an isolated location: A year later, Goldstein died of an overdose of prescription drugs, leaving Travis as the only remaining survivor; Barker and Goldstein seen with Too Short (center) in 2009

After being released from the hospital, Barker and Goldstein went to support groups to recover from the trauma, but they eventually became “therapists for each other.”

With the only other survivor dead, he radically reassessed his drug use.

“So it was just him and me. When he left I was like, “Oh, fuck. I am the only one in my club. It’s just me.’ And I find my means to manage it, ”he said.

Because he was prescribed opioids after the accident, his tolerance to the drugs increased, so he ended up flushing out the pills, “including things that I really needed.”

Recovery: After Goldstein's overdose, Barker flushed his opioids down the toilet.  'People are always like, "Did you go to rehab?"he said.  'And me [say], "No, I was in a plane crash." It was my rehab

Recovery: After Goldstein’s overdose, Barker flushed his opioids down the toilet. “People always think, ‘Did you go to rehab? ” ‘And me [say], “No, I was in a plane crash. “It was my rehab”; seen in 2019

As a result of the crash, Barker, who was already afraid of flying, was unable to set foot on a plane and began to have mental health issues and difficulty sleeping.

“I was dark… I couldn’t walk on the street. If I saw a plane [in the sky]I was determined it was going to crash, and I just didn’t want to see it, ”he said.

He added that it took a while for him to get away from the crash.

“The closer I got to it, I felt like I was closer to bad things than good things. I felt closer to the experience of trying to escape, [to] being in an accident and being burned, trying to take my friends on a burning plane.

“It haunted me for a long time, and as long as I was closer to it than to these good things, I always thought about it. Now it’s been so many years, it’s getting easier for me. There are days when I wake up without thinking about it, ”he continued.

Progressing: Barker continued to recover after being haunted by the crash for years.  “It's been so many years now, it's getting easier for me.  There are days when I wake up without thinking about it, ”he says;  seen on the day of the accident in 2008

Progressing: Barker continued to recover after being haunted by the crash for years. “It’s been so many years now, it’s getting easier for me. There are days when I wake up without thinking about it, ”he says; seen on the day of the accident in 2008

Fear of flight: He hasn't flown since, but hopes to do so as therapy.  “I have to do it,” he said.

Fear of flight: He hasn’t flown since, but hopes to do so as therapy. “I have to do it,” he said. “I want to make the choice to try to overcome it”; seen in 2019 in LA

More than a decade after surviving the plane crash, Barker still hopes to fly again, if only as a form of therapy.

“I have to do it,” he said. “I want to make the choice to try to overcome it.

The musician added that he longs for the normal, everyday feeling of coming home after a plane trip.

“If I do and the above angels help me in my travels and protect me, I would like to come back and [tell them], ‘Hey, I just flew in here, then I went home. And all was well. I have to tell them because I almost left them, ”said Barker, adding:“ It’s a perfect day. “

New addition: Drummer added the words 'survivor's guilt' to his arms earlier this month

New addition: Drummer added the words ‘survivor’s guilt’ to his arms earlier this month

To commemorate his near-death experience, Barker had the words ‘survivor’s guilt’ tattooed on the inside of his elbows earlier this month.

Earlier this month, he added some more ink to his already covered body when his girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian wrote “I love you” on his arm.

However, he chose not to speak to her for his last interview.

“I mean, it’s everywhere,” he says.

New love: he remained silent on his new romance with Kourtney Kardashian.  “I mean, it's everywhere,” he said;  pictured with Kourtney in May

New love: he remained silent on his new romance with Kourtney Kardashian. “I mean, it’s everywhere,” he said; pictured with Kourtney in May

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