Steven Adler Prepping New Book About His Pre-Sobriety Days
Adler's tortured history with substance abuse is well known to GNR fans. Although the other members of the band's classic lineup had their own semi-distant relationship with sobriety during their early years, Adler's heroin addiction cost him his job in 1990, and he's had his ups and downs since; several years ago, he was forced to postpone a tour with his band Adler in order to enter rehab after a drinking relapse.
"I picked up a bottle and drank. This occurred a few times — and that’s a few times too many. I knew that this had to permanently stop. That is the moment I picked up the phone, before it got out of hand, to get help," he said at the time. "I had kicked hard drugs several years ago, and now it is time to get rid of the urges of drinking alcohol."
Sober by his own estimation for four years now, Adler has decided it's time to commemorate that dark chapter in his life by rounding up other people's stories of his behavior and collecting them in a book he's titled Steven Adler: The S--- My Friends Remember I Did. "Now that I'm sober, I'm talking to people and they're telling me stories, and it's just blank up there," Adler admitted of his own recollections. "There's nothing there. So I decided I'm gonna put a book together — a reminder of the stories."
Fans who have memories of time spent with or around Adler during his pre-sobriety period are encouraged to share them at his Steven Adler Stories website, where he's collecting "memorable, hilarious or downright wild" tales. The new book will mark his second outing as an author, following his 2010 memoir, My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses.