His recovery from years of heroin and cocaine addiction seem like a miracle to singer David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
"Once you're that seriously addicted to heroin or cocaine, the odds are you will go crazy or die," he told Utah State University students Thursday.Crosby said that while friends such as Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin died from the same stuff he was using, "I watched all that destruction of talents and lives without really paying attention.
"I seemed to believe I was 9 feet tall, solid chrome and bullet-proof and that cocaine and heroin would only expand my creativity," he said.
Drugs strangled his writing and musical talent and eventually blew his music group apart, he said.
For 10 years he carried a gun everywhere, because "my cocaine psychosis told me that `they' were out to get me," he said.