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I’d rather be a drug addict, says Russell Brand

entertainment Updated: Aug 06, 2012 18:38 IST

Russell Brand has admitted that he still struggles to control his craving for heroin.

According to the Sun, the BBC3 documentary called Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery has shocking footage of the 37-year-old comedian smoking heroin when he was in his 20.

In a clip from his earlier years, he is seen preparing a wrap, leaning over the heated foil to smoke it before leaning back against the wall and staring dead-eyed at the camera.

The documentary showed how Brand is watching the clip in the London Savoy Hotel with his friend Martino Sclavi.

Brand is then seen telling Sclavi that he’s “a proper little junkie,” before saying: “This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I was sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the Savoy. I’m jealous of me then.

“It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women - none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.

The ‘Rock of Ages’ star has been clean for ten years and has always been open and candid about how hard he still finds it to keep away from drugs - especially since he is working in the entertainment industry.

He’s also been adamant that drug addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. He spoke passionately on the subject when Amy Winehouse died.

He goes on to say in the documentary, “The consequences of my actions affected so many people.

“Heroin is a greedy drug. First it’ll take your money. Then it’ll take your friends, your family, your car, your house. Then it’s going to take bits of your body. In the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing.

“You’ll take it until it takes your life. It’ll take everything until the last thing and you’ll gladly give it that rather than give up drugs. When you are a drug addict, the idea of not taking drugs is inconceivable. This was the beginning of a life-long journey of doing things differently,” he added.

In the documentary he goes back to visit the Focus 12 Centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where he spent 12 weeks getting clean in 2002.