Actor and comedian Russell Brand admits that even though he says he’s stable in his sobriety—and been clean for 10 years — he still looks back on his past and has drug cravings.
Brand made the confession during filming of the BBC Three documentary “Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery,” reports MSN’s WonderWall. The documentary is due to air in the U.K. during this August.
Britain's The Sun newspaper obtained a clip of the upcoming documentary, which shows Brand watching a recording of himself smoking heroin in a small London apartment. In it, the comedian makes a confession that he still has cravings. There are even times when he wants to give up his current “famous guy” status and go back to life in his 20s.
“This is when you know it's a disease. It doesn't matter that I was in that flat in Hackney and now I'm in the Savoy (Hotel). I'm jealous of me then,” Brand says in the documentary. “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.”
He adds, however, that he now — with a clear mind — he can see the toll drugs take on a person, including himself. He calls heroin a “greedy drug,” as it takes everything from you without discriminating.
In April 2012, Brand took his fervor in addressing the U.K. substance abuse problems to the top. He addressed the British government saying it needs to have more compassion when addressing the country’s issues with the disease of addiction.