“Jackass” star Steve-O has come out in support of his friend Bam Margera, urging him to seek help for his substance abuse issues. Steve-O, who struggled with addiction himself for many years, revealed that he and his friends had to stage an intervention for him when his substance misuse went out of control, leading to him feeling suicidal.
According to an interview with Access, Johnny Knoxville revealed that they had to intervene when Steve-O’s addiction became too much to handle. However, Steve-O managed to turn his life around and has been sober for two-and-a-half years.
In February 2023, Bam Margera checked into rehab but fled after only a few days. He later posted a rant on his Instagram account, prompting Steve-O to urge him to seek help. In a comment on Margera’s post, Steve-O expressed his concern for his friend’s well-being and revealed that he was prepared for his death.
“Last night you had your five-year-old son with you on stage at my show, and you were blessed with the chance to spend another day or two with him,” Steve-O wrote. “Then as soon as you left my show, you stayed up all night getting loaded enough to think it was a good idea to post more vile nonsense like this. You’re dying, brother, and it sucks that I can’t do anything to save you.”
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Steve-O later regretted making his friend’s struggles public, admitting on his podcast “Steve-O’s Wild Ride” that it was inappropriate. However, his message sparked a conversation about addiction and the importance of seeking help.
Substance abuse is a serious issue that affects millions of people around the world. According to the World Health Organization, around 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders. The WHO also reports that substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide, with individuals who abuse drugs being six times more likely to attempt suicide than those who do not.
Addiction is a disease that can be difficult to overcome, but it is possible with the right support and treatment. Rehab centers offer a range of services to help individuals recover from addiction, including detoxification, counseling, and support groups. However, it can be challenging to convince someone to seek help, especially if they are in denial about their addiction.
One of the most effective ways to encourage someone to seek help is through an intervention. This involves gathering friends and family members together to confront the individual about their addiction and encourage them to seek treatment. Interventions can be emotionally charged and difficult, but they can also be life-changing.
It is also important to remember that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing management. Even after completing rehab, individuals with addiction must continue to work on their recovery and stay vigilant about the risk of relapse. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be helpful in this regard, providing a supportive community of individuals who understand the challenges of addiction.
In conclusion, Steve-O’s message to Bam Margera highlights the importance of seeking help for substance abuse issues. Addiction is a serious disease that can have devastating consequences, but with the right support and treatment, recovery is possible. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are many resources available to help individuals overcome addiction and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
If you or anyone you know needs help with addiction issues, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).