Russell Brand admits that he still struggles to control his craving for heroin in an upcoming BBC3 documentary called Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery. The Sun have reported that the doc will include pretty shocking footage of the comic smoking heroin when he was in his 20s. He's 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 programme shows how Russell is watching the clip in the London Savoy Hotel with his friend Martino Sclavi.
He tells Martino 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."
Brand has been clean for ten years and has always been open and candid about how hard he finds it to keep away from drugs - especially working in the entertainment industry.
He's also been adamant that addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. He spoke passionately on the subject when Amy Winehouse died.
He goes onto 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."
In the programme he goes back to visit the Focus 12 Centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where he spent 12 weeks getting clean in 2002.
We reckon speaking so honestly and openly about addiction is a massively brave thing for Russell to do. We're very impressed and will definitely be watching the documentary when it's screened later this month.
Report from The Mirror 4th August 2012.
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery is due to be screened on BBC3 on 16th August 12.
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Russell Brand: "The money, fame, power means nothing - I'd rather be a drug addict"