James has opened up about his struggles with mental health and alcoholism. He released the documentary Some Kind of Monster after his 2001-2002 experience in rehab, and he has discussed his feelings about the dark side of fame and his struggles with alcohol in many interviews over the years. For James, it wasn’t simply the partying lifestyle that attracted him to alcohol. It was fear. James has acknowledged that he has struggled with fear throughout his life. In fact, some of Metallica’s biggest songs embody this profound sense of fear.
“What worked for me was 7 weeks someplace, like basically tearing you down to bones, ripping your life apart, anything you thought about yourself or what it was, anything you thought you had, your family, your career, anything, gone. Strip you down to just, you’re born. Here’s how you were when you were born, you were okay, you were a good person, let’s get back to that again, then they slowly rebuild you.”
James's return to rehab was inspirational because it reminds those who suffer not to give up. Sometimes further treatment is necessary– even if it means putting important aspects of your life on hold. Alcoholism is a serious disease and addiction sufferers should never put their treatment needs on hold. Even with his fame and wealth, James has demonstrated how difficult it can be to battle this condition.
─ FHE Health / Joe Rogan Interview.
Photography by @ Paul Citone, 2018.