While Ozzy Osbourne has been one of rock n rolls most notorious characters and suffered from alcohol and drug addiction for decades, he now tells Rolling Stone he's been sober for nearly five years and is glad he's still alive.
Ozzy began his interview without mincing words. "By all accounts, I should have been dead f-ing 40 years ago...I was saying to [my wife] Sharon the other day, Every one of my bad drinking partners are all dead. No ones come back and said, Hi, Oz, its cooler on this side. Come and join us."
He also said what he realizes about drugs and alcohol today that he didn't understand when he was using was, "When you don't like yourself for getting stoned, that's when you've got a real problem...I didn't love the way I felt after I got stoned or drunk or both...It bit me in the ass big-time."
A hobby that keeps Ozzy sane is "I have a room in my house where I paint. I'm just mixing colors. I'm not an artist by any sort, but I do designs and patterns and listen to Eighties music or watch a bit of TV." (In fact, many who have suffered from addiction find great comfort in painting.)