How cocaine almost destroyed the life of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks

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One of the most significant female characters in the history of rock music is Stevie Nicks. She is renowned for her flamboyant stage appearance, distinctive vocal style, and songwriting. She has contributed to eradicating gender stereotypes in the music business and improving the status of female musicians over the course of her long career.

However, at the very peak of her successful career, she had also problems of her own. She has a complicated history with cocaine that has affected her professional life and resulted in her going through a time of addiction in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The rock world has been greatly influenced by Nicks’ efforts with Fleetwood Mac, her solo career, and collaborations with other musicians. Her songs have been commended for their profundity and emotionality, and many people have copied her recognizable vocal style. Her innovative use of choreography and inventive graphics has been transformative. Generations of musicians have been motivated by her to pursue their passions and take chances with their work.

Talking about her addiction, Throughout her partying career, she experienced numerous incidents, one of which nearly caused her to lose her sight, but even that didn’t stop her from ingesting her preferred powder shortly after. Since conquering her substance abuse, the performer has used her platform to spread awareness of the risks associated with cocaine abuse.

By the time Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours came out, Nicks’ cocaine addiction had progressed from occasional recreational use to complete dependence on the drug. Nicks was originally hesitant to join Fleetwood Mac and, in reality, was quite content writing music with Lindsay Buckingham, but a phone call from Mick Fleetwood would turn out to be a life-changing event.

When Bob Welch submitted his resignation on New Year’s Eve, he threw Fleetwood Mac’s destiny into disarray. He urged Keith Olsen to reach out to Buckingham to see if he wanted to leave the Mac and join them because he was aware that Olsen had produced the second Buckingham Nicks record. For Fleetwood, the more the merrier, Olsen claimed that wouldn’t happen unless Nicks also attended. Nicks’ preference for powder first developed while the band, now a rising rock icon, was still in existence. Drugs were all around them, whether they were in the studio or on the road. It quickly developed into a type of pre-show ritual for the group to share a ceremonial coke bump just before leaving.

Nicks was having a difficult time managing her demanding plans and started to feel incredibly alone with no one to turn to. Nicks has frequently struggled with stage fright, and a reasonable hypothesis holds that the only thing that helped her was a bump before performing.

In recent years, Nicks has been transparent about her history of substance abuse problems, and more specifically, how she lost all control over her behavior during this hedonistic time. She suffered bodily harm as a result of the disregard for her health; the snorting had burned a coin-sized hole in the side of her nose.

Nicks visited the Betty Ford Clinic in 1986 on the advice of her bandmates in an effort to kick her cocaine habit, which fortunately was successful. However, the time spent in rehab did result in a nine-year addiction to Valium and other medications that her doctor had recommended to keep her sober. Nicks eventually realized that the road she was on with her prescribed medication regimen was just as deadly as the one she had taken with cocaine. She chose to respond by kicking them all into touch and turning her attention to recovery, which she is now fully in charge of.

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  1. Russell Redden Reply

    Not valuim…clonidine.
    There wasn’t a second Buckingham nicks album.

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