A lot of skateboard heroes lived wayward personal lives, but a number of skating pros have turned their lives around, seeking help in addiction treatment centers, and cleaning up their acts.
Tony Alva just spoke to The Fix about being sober for over ten years. “I was a binge drinker, and I would wake up after those binges just physically and spiritually and mentally destroyed. Some mornings I would wake up in jail cells, but no matter where I was, I was hitting the same bottom…Once I got sober, my behavior changed drastically. I learned that if I can alleviate the thinking before the drink, I will be able to abstain from that first drink. I learned about spiritual actions and tools I could use from guys who not only had abstinence but emotional sobriety.”
Andrew Reynolds, who’s often known as The Boss in the world of skating, and he also had a problem with coke, weed, and alcohol. He told Rolling Stone, “I knew I had a problem with drinking the first time I drank at age sixteen…I would drink and not be able to stop…” He got sober because “my number one goal was always to be a good skater. By age twenty-four, I realized my abuse was affecting my whole life…It wasn’t until I met the right people and started going to meetings – that’s when it really stuck for me.”
Bam Margera went from pro skater to trying to get sober on reality TV. A year later, he stayed sober. He told Hypebeast, “I realized musicians can party like rock starts because playing a guitar and being drunk go hand and hand, but if you want to skate and be drunk it doesn’t work…It’s been a real struggle for me to stay off the alcohol. But just as long as you’re surrounded by good people and you have something to do, you’ll be good.”