Former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner joins Sober Guy Radio to give a raw and never before heard account of what life was like before and after the band signed their first record deal which catapulted them into the worldwide spotlight. With success came the rockstar lifestyle that quickly progressed into a full blown addiction to alcohol and cocaine. During this time, Dave met and later married Mia Tyler, the daughter to legendary frontman Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. The couple eventually split, and Dave spiraled out of control. He was in and out of rehab and experienced multiple relapses. The battle between good and evil thickened, and Dave found himself hearing voices saying things like “This whole music thing is really getting in the way of your partying” and “you could probably do a lot more drugs if you didn't have to play these shows.”
The chaos and madness continued, and Dave eventually left the band temporarily for another attempt at rehab, but soon after it was decided that Dave would not return to play drums for Papa Roach. This was devastating news, and only seemed to dive Dave into deeper depression, isolation, and addiction. One night after partying, Dave overdosed and nearly lost his life. All of these events together along with a deep desire to be a better father led Dave to reflect on his life and get serious about his recovery. Today, Dave lives a life free from substance abuse. He practices prayer, meditation, and recovery through Noah Levine’s Refuge Recovery Program. His purpose is to be the light, and bring hope to the hopeless.
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