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In This Moment Guitarist's Arthritis Led To Opiate Addiction

06/17/2016
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(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth has revealed how his battle to control the pain of undiagnosed arthritis led to a six-year addiction to opiates.

Doctors recently told him he was suffering from the disorder in his neck and shoulders. This week he reported he'd been undergoing treatment for four weeks and he'd carry on working with Maria Brink's band.

But he'd been fighting increasing pain for eight years, which resulted in an addiction that he only managed to defeat in 2014. Howorth tells KBAT 99.9: "I went through a period on tour where I started to dabble with opiates just because of the pain in my neck. I'd take one to help me with the pain after the show - and as everyone knows, one turns into two.

"I started taking them before the show because it would make me have a better show. That went on for about three years. I think I did a lot of over-reaching and overdoing it. I was masking what was going on."

Despite resolving his addiction two years ago, Howorth only sought medical attention after his condition forced In This Moment to cancel a European tour in April. Read more here.

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