Russell Brand: 'I'd rather be a drug addict'
Published Aug 4 2012, 10:03 BST | By Colin Daniels Russell Brand
has revealed that he still struggles to control his past drug use.
The comedian has filmed a documentary for BBC Three
, in which he discusses addiction and admits that he feels jealous of his old self when watching footage of him taking heroin.The Sun
reports that while watching the old clip in the BBC film, he tells friend Martino Sclavi: "This is when you know it's a disease. It doesn't matter that I was sat in that flat in Hackney and now I'm in the Savoy. I'm jealous of me then.
"It doesn't make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women - none of it. I'd rather be a drug addict."
Brand, who has been clean for ten years, added: "The consequences of my actions affected so many people.
"Heroin is a greedy drug, it'll take everything. First it'll take your money. Then it'll take your friends, your family, your car, your house.
"Then it's going to take bits of your body. In the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing.
"You'll take it until it takes your life. It'll take everything until the last thing and you'll gladly give it that rather than give up the drugs.
"When you are a drug addict, the idea of not taking drugs is inconceivable. This was the beginning of a life-long journey of doing things differently."
Brand has often called for a rethink on the way addicts are treated, insisting that it is a disease. He addressed the issues in a passionate tribute to Amy Winehouse
following her death last year.