Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker explains what happened along his path to recovery while visiting with the TV show 'The Doctors'.
After a plane crash in 2008, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker struggled heavily with addiction. The plane crash killed 4 people on board and severely injured Barker’s good friend Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein. The crash also left Barker with burns over 65% of his body.
Travis endured 11 weeks in the hospital, 27 surgeries, several blood transfusions and multiple skin grafts as results of his injuries. He also dealt with post traumatic stress disorder from the ordeal. After his close friend, Adam Goldstein’s death from an overdose in 2009, Barker offered a friend $1 million to end his life. Although Travis made a full physical recovery, he continued to live his hard partying lifestyle. This lifestyle helped speed up psychological and medical issues that he wasn’t aware he had. These physical issues included Barrett’s esophagus, which causes the tissue in the esophagus to turn into tissue that is similar to that of the intestines.
“I was doing a lot of drugs recreationally, and I was living a very wild rockstar lifestyle before,” the drummer said on “The Doctors” Wednesday
He quit prescription drugs “when the doctors said, ‘You’re probably going to be on most of these drugs for the rest of your life because you went through such a horrific experience, and you’re dealing with bipolar disorder. You’ll probably never play drums again, you’ll never run again,’” Barker said.
“Then the challenge was in my mind just to prove them wrong. I had to wean myself off of every drug, start playing the drums immediately, run. And then I became even healthier than I ever was before the plane accident.”
Getting clean hasn’t came without its road bumps for Barker though. He didn’t realize at first that he would have to put down so many of his vices.
“I literally had a joint in my hand, and [my doctor] was like, ‘Travis, this is your warning shot! Stop smoking right now,’” he said. “And I was like, ‘Like right now?’ ‘Yes, right now!’ And coffee was a big trigger for all the acid [in my esophagus]. I never even knew I had [Barrett’s esophagus].”
When asked what helps his these days, Barker stated.
“I like running a lot. I like running, I like boxing.”