DJ Drama discussed his opioid addiction and sobriety on a recent episode of the Broken Record podcast.
Drama revealed he first checked into rehab was in 2020. Drama said he managed to stay clean early on because of the continued shutdown throughout the United States due to the pandemic, but he relapsed toward the end of 2020 once things started to open back up.
Drama recalled nearly overdosing at his Atlanta home, shortly before he was scheduled to shoot scenes for the Netflix film You People. Drama was taken to the hospital but allowed to leave after a nurse spoke with a coworker about his presence in the facility.
His time on the set of You People became a blessing in disguise. Following a heartfelt conversation with Jonah Hill about his struggles with addiction, Drama was convinced him that he wanted to get clean.
“I used to tell [my therapist] Amy all the time, ‘My biggest fear is ending up like Michael Jackson or Prince…if it can take the lives of Michael Jackson or Prince, who the fuck am I? That was always my fear.”