Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was hospitalized yesterday after reportedly stabbing himself.
According to TMZ, someone else inside Adler’s home in L.A. called 911 to report the injury around 6:30 PM. Paramedics rushed to the scene to find Adler suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound in his stomach.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Adler was “transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.”
Officer Jeff Lee noted that no crime was committed and the incident was simply considered a medical emergency. Several sources, however, are considering this to be a possible suicide attempt.
Adler has a long history of substance abuse issues, dating back multiple decades.
In 1987, Guns N’ Roses replaced Adler on tour after breaking his hand in an alleged brawl. And in 1989, Adler was again missing from the lineup at the American Music Awards. At the time, his absence was reportedly attributed to the flu. However, it was later found that Adler had been admitted to a drug rehabilitation program.
It must not have been the best drug rehab clinic, as Adler was still not able to kick the habit. By 1990, his addictions led to him being very publicly kicked out of the band.
Five years later, in 1995, police arrested Adler in his Calabasas home for felony possession of heroin.
After being replaced in 1990, he sued the band for firing him. He argued that they’d introduced him to the drugs that led to his removal for being an addict. Additionally, he said the contract they’d made him sign took away much of his financial interest in the group.
Adler later took a hiatus from the music industry. Later, he recalled that he wished he could have said he was doing “a lot of traveling or self-improvement.” However, he admitted, “all I actually did was sit on the couch and get high—while the TV watched me.” He added that it “was a very, very hard time.”
The now 54-year-old also made appearances on several TV shows centered around substance abuse. He’s been on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew as well as the spin-off Sober House.
Despite his struggles, Adler was still inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside the rest of the group in 2012.
However, it is unclear if his substance abuse issues have ever been truly been resolved. Even after his induction, he returned to rehab once again to “continue working on his sobriety.”
Adler’s struggles over the years have led to countless relapses and multiple arrests – both for possession and violence.
Considering this recent incident, we certainly have our doubts that anything has changed.