Backstreet Boy member Nick Carter’s new autobiography, “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It,’ reveals Carter’s struggles with substance abuse began when he was just a toddler according to Tuesday, September 24 reports from Hollywood News Daily.
The 33-year-old boy bander Carter was on hand for his book signing on Monday, September 23 at the Barnes & Noble store in NYC’s new memoir reveals how difficult his life has been since the beginning.
Carter claims his parents’ dependence on alcohol is one of the main reasons he began drinking so young, and that it also led to his drug addictions which included cocaine, Ecstasy, and prescription painkillers.
An excerpt from Nick Carter's book reads:
“Family legend has it that when I was two years old, I crawled into one of the Yankee Rebel’s liquor storage rooms where I was caught drinking for the first time,” he said.
“My parents always laughed at that. I laughed too, for a while, and then I didn’t laugh at it anymore.
“My parents …always stressed about money, which is another reason they turned to alcohol so much.
“I began drinking heavily in my teens and then moved on to drugs at eighteen or nineteen, starting with marijuana and moving up to cocaine, Ecstasy, and prescription painkillers among other substances.”
Nick also reveals that during the hardest times of his life, he was running with all the wrong people, and that added to his problems.
“My crowd made partying an extreme sport. We repeated that binge and bump cycle night after night.”
Carters’ years of alcohol abuse found the young singer facing some major health battles when he diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart.
“I drank, did drugs, and partied until I was paralyzed and passed out [after the diagnosis],” he said.
“I woke up in a hotel room with my head pounding so hard I couldn’t focus my eyes. … My heart was pounding so loud, I thought someone was at the door. I decided my body was trying to get me to pay attention one last time. … It was change or die”
Carter claims he is trying to get his life on the right path,but
but does admit it is a tough process.
“I’m not perfect now. I still slip up when it comes to drinking. But I’m alive and great things have happened for me in the last few years.”
Nick Carter’s revealing memoirs “Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It” is available in bookstores now.
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