John Frusciante about his addiction (Kerrang! 2002)Interviewer: Did you ever run out of money?
John: Eventually I ran out of money, yes. There was a lot of starving and a lot of convincing dealers to front me drugs. There were all kinds of problems that went with that. It was pretty rough. There were times when I would have to be bailed out because I owed someone $30,000 and they were going to kill me. But the worst thing is having to be sick all the time, that’s the worst. I didn’t care so much about my personal safety so much as being sick.
Interviewer: When you look back to those days, does it terrify you?
John: No, it doesn’t terrify me at all. I’m really proud to have gone through it, actually.
Interviewer: Proud? That’s an interesting word to use.
John: Well, I’m proud to have come through it. I’m not so much proud to have done it, but I am proud to have emerged from it. I don’t see drugs as my enemy because I know there’s no way I will ever go back to them. And because of that I’m very happy with who I am as a person right now.
Interviewer: A lot of conversation here has centered around the theme of pain. What was the cause of that pain?
John: That’s too personal a question. I’m sorry, I can’t answer that.