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Nikki Sixx To Speak At Capitol Hill Event For National Alcohol And Drug Recovery Month

By Newsferatu, Writer
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 @ 1:07 PM


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Motley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx — whose brutally honest upcoming book "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star" (due September 18 from MTV Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster) chronicles his battles with drug addiction and his road to recovery — will be a featured speaker at the 18th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon on Capitol Hill, Thursday, September 6. Sixx is the first member of the rock world to share his story of surviving addiction at such an event — a particularly ironic distinction since he was once viewed as one of the most wild and excessive men in rock.

Sixx was invited by NAADAC, the association for addiction professionals, to share his compelling story at this national forum alongside Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Terry Cline Ph.D., and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Director H. Westley Clark M.D., J.D.

Sixx hopes "The Heroin Diaries" book, and accompanying CD, "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" (released August 21 via Eleven Seven Music) will offer an insight into, and hopefully steer people clear of, the perils and dangers of substance abuse. "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" was written and produced by SIXX: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), and was inspired by the dark and crippling diary entries that later became "The Heroin Diaries" book. Though the album was not created with the intention of being a radio record, the lead single, "Life Is Beautiful" is already in the top 20 on the rock radio charts.

Twenty-five percent of the book's profits will be donated to Running Wild In The Night — Sixx's fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.

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When asked by KNAC.COM Boston Correspondent, Deb Rao about what he hopes fans will learn from his book, Sixx said, "My hope is it both paints a picture of not just the addiction, but how we can get there and the recovery part too. The whole picture is important. If someone is struggling, or has someone in their life that is." Sixx continued, "Music, arts, and all creative programs are very important in my opinion. Not only in life, but also in our school systems. Covenant House is not so much a school, but an outreach program for at risk youth. When they bring these kids off the street and start getting to the core issues dealing with it all. They have had to endure, then the recovery part starts and a creative outlet for them to plug into is what we're creating. My goal is to bring awareness and income to Covenant House. So these programs being set up will be in place for years and years to come and maybe, just maybe One (hopefully more) kids will stick out the Covenant House program and get back on their feet and have an opportunity to do something positive with their life... Maybe changing someone else's life in return and so on and so on."

When asked about his addiction being influenced by the rock and roll lifestyle, Sixx explained, "No. That I did all on my own. I take complete responsibility for my actions, good and bad."

Nikki Sixx plans a book signing tour for "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star." The dates are as follows:

  • September 18, 2007 @ Borders - Los Angeles, CA Time - 7:30pm
    Borders Books and Music 56
    1360 Westwood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • September 22, 2007 @ Barnes & Noble - Minneapolis, MN
    Time - 1:00pm
    Barnes & Noble 2969
    118 E. Broadway, Mall of America
    Bloomington, MN 55425
  • September 23, 2007 @ Borders - Oakbrook, IL (Chicago)
    Time - 2:00pm
    Borders Oakbrook 020
    1500 16th Street, Suite D
    Oakbrook, IL 60523
  • September 24, 2007 @ Borders - Taylor, MI (Detroit)
    Time -12:30pm
    Borders Taylor 444
    23000 Eureka Rd
    Taylor, MI 48180
  • September 25, 2007 @ Virgin Times Square - New York, NY
    Time - 6:30pm
    Virgin MegaStore Timesquare
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY
  • September 26, 2007 @ Borders - Philadelphia, PAM
    Time - 7:00pm
    Borders Downtown (Broad Street) 021
    1 South Broad, Suite 100
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • September 27, 2007 @ Borders - Boston, MA
    Time - 1:00pm
    Borders Downtown Crossing 120
    10-24 School Street
    Boston, MA


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