The bassist for the English rock band Muse, Chris Wolstenholme, has done a number of interviews recently in which he has spoken candidly about his alcoholism, family drug history, and drug rehab. Wolstenholme describes how even when vomiting blood he still didn’t believe he had a problem.
By the time he sought treatment, drinking had become a round-the-clock job for him. He found himself waking up with severe shakes in the morning from alcohol withdrawal and would head straight to the refrigerator and polish off a bottle of wine.
Wolstenholme stated in one interview, “Drinking all day every day is pretty bad. It’s when you start getting to that point where you realize you can’t function without it…”
He described how alcohol dependence didn’t just take a toll on him physically but psychologically as well. He got to a point where he was in a constant state of anxiousness and fear and felt as if he was about to die but could not figure out from where these overwhelming feelings were coming from.
It finally dawned on Wolstenholme that the lingering fear was probably coming from the fact that he had watched his own father die at age 40 from alcohol abuse. Realizing that he was 30 himself, he knew that if he continued down the same road, he might only have 10 years left himself. This was a huge wake-up call and Wolstenholme stated simply: “There was only two ways to go: die in a few years or stop.”
Wolstenholme Sought Treatment for His Severe Alcoholism
In 2009, during the recording of Muse’s last album The Resistance, Wolstenholme’s bandmates felt like they were short one member because his alcoholism had become nearly all-consuming. Halfway through the recording process, Wolstenholme finally sought treatment for his alcohol issues and credits cognitive behavioral therapy with helping him overcome his demons.
Playing Music Is Therapeutic for Wolstenholme During Recovery
Two songs on Muse’s new album, “Save Me” and “Liquid State,” were written and performed by Wolstenholme about different aspects of his alcohol issue. One of the songs, “Liquid State,” deals with the altered personality that comes out of him while he is drinking and the struggle he feels between these personalities.
The other song, “Save Me,” is an ode to the support of his family. Wolstenholme is a dedicated family man to his wife of nine years and their six children. He realizes the rollercoaster he put them through while he was drinking.
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