Travis Barker Was 'Borderline Suicidal' During Drug Battle

(Radio.com) Blink-182's Travis Barker will release his new memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums on Oct. 20. The drummer recently sat down with Billboard to discuss the book, his battle with drugs and his premonition about his near-fatal plane crash back in 2008 that took the life of four people.

In the interview, Barker--who has played drums for Blink 182, +44 and The Transplants--opens up about his battle with pill addiction. He said in 2004 he was so addicted to Oxycodone that he had a security guard watch him sleep to make sure he was breathing. "I had this moment when I got to Europe for that tour where I really identified myself as a dumpster. And I wasn't proud. I was scared. I had to call [Blink-182 member] Mark [Hoppus] and say, 'Hey, man. I'm like borderline suicidal. I'm going crazy. I need to go home.' Like not even one show had started. I'd been there two days. I hadn't slept one day." He added, "I think that was the most disappointing time."

Travis Barker has no been off hard drugs for eight years and says he hasn't smoke marijuana in four. He said that he is in a great place: "I have the best support system. I have the most amazing kids. I'm not on any medications. I haven't seen a post-traumatic doctor in six years. I get so much love and happiness out of playing music and playing the drums and my kids. There's nothing better. I couldn't ask for more." Read more here.

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