Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day Recounts Alcoholic Blackouts

This month Rolling Stone featured Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who is known as the frontman for the band and more recently for his very public meltdown on stage last September during the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. In a blackout, Armstrong went on a tirade about only having 1 minute left and smashed his guitar before exiting stage right.

He admits to Rolling Stone that he was in a blackout, only remembering small pieces of the incident and woke up the next day with a feeling of remorse not knowing how bad the incident was. His manager put him on a plane to rehab two days later. He is now sober and Green Day is recommencing their tour this spring.

Armstrong recounted the experience before alcohol addiction rehab saying, “I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ This surely struck a chord with many people in active alcoholism and in recovery who wake up with what is known as “incomprehensible demoralization” that arises the morning after a black out. Blacking out and acting out is often a telltale sign of a problem with alcohol. Research on alcohol blackouts was conducted by E.M. Jellinek in the 1940s by gathering data from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members and he found blackouts to be a good determinant of alcoholism.

Recalling his dark times, Armstrong explains, “I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how.” Although the situations and circumstances may differ, shared stories like this about active alcoholism are always the same – it starts with the belief that it is ok to have one drink, but that one drink turns into many and nights often become foggy, unruly escapades regretted the next day and the cycle continues.

Recovery from alcoholic blackouts and regretted actions begins with alcoholism rehab that can set the alcoholic apart from his or her environment. It is then that the alcoholic can get serious and honest about their use – and Armstrong seems to have done just that.

If you are concerned about your drinking or that of a loved one, Synergy Group Services has a renowned alcohol addiction treatment  program that can help you recover.

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