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Bon Jovi Drummer Opens Up About Alcohol Abuse in Documentary

Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres has opened up about his years of alcohol abuse in a documentary about the band, revealing that his heavy drinking was related to his absent father.

Torres admits he was "killing" himself with drinking in the early 1990s until his bandmates urged him to seek help. He then turned to psychologist Lou Cox, who helped keep the band together after they fired manager Doc McGrath in 1991.

In new film Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, Torres says, "I was the kind of person that wouldn’t drink for months and then blow off two bottles. A lot of that was s**t I had to learn about—my father leaving me when I was a kid…There was a lot of anger behind that.”

"I learned about myself through seeking people…to help me out. I came to grips with that. I met (my father) years later after 20 years…nd I was able to come to terms with that and forgive him…I’m really OK,” he continues.

Jon Bon Jovi says it was inevitable that the band intervened to help Torres. "He had a lot of demons…He was a really bad drunk…T was a very mean, mean man. He’d get you in a lot of trouble with a lot of people."

With Cox’s help, Torres has turned his life around. Bon Jovi adds, "His is the most together life of all of us."

Torres’ past problems gave him the expertise to help Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora when he was struggling with alcohol and prescription pills in 2008.

Torres explains, "The fact that I had four brothers come up to me and say, ‘We care about you’ was big… and it’s the same way I go up to people in the band."

In the new film, Sambora reveals he was initially embarrassed about his dependency on drugs and alcohol. "At first I was ashamed of it…My band and my family picked me up…I’m back to where I used to be."

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