Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is the subject of a new official career-spanning documentary, titled, Somebody Up There Likes Me. The NME quoted portions of the upcoming doc in which Wood talks candidly about his freebase cocaine addiction, remembering, "I felt that with the base, the freebase, it was controlling me. I had no control over it. It took me about three years to get off it. I enjoyed the s*** out if it. Took it with me wherever I went. I thought it was the best thing going. I would take it to parties and go, ‘Everybody try this’, get (a) great big Bunsen burner out, the pipes, the works, freebase and everything. And people would be going, 'You’re f***ing crazy' but I would love it."
Wood, who fought long and hard for his sobriety — finally kicking alcohol as the last of his major vices — explained, "It’s very difficult because you go through a period of dry and you go, 'I’ve done it. I’ve cleaned up now. I can have just one.' And that is a big mistake because you can’t just have one. I probably like things too much, which is harmless for some things like music, but harmful in ways like dope and drink."
A while back, Ron Wood spoke frankly about the highs and lows of his decades of heavy drug use: ["I took the good things out of the acid experience, for instance, and I think I did the same with the cocaine — even though it took much longer to give up. The heroin was. . . I just used to smoke it in cigarettes and, like, phhh — unbelievable windows that that opened. And I always thought, if I'm in my late-'70s. . . (laughs) Keith (Richards) and I said, if we're in our late-'70s and in pain, we'll take that up again (laughs), y'know? It's the best painkiller there is. But it's all an illusion, really. But it's always damaging you, like cigarettes — they're the worst ones."] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC: . . . the worst ones)