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Yago: What were your first thoughts when you saw the rehab facility?

Osbourne: I didn't get at first put into a rehab facility; I got put in a adolescent psychiatric unit for my detox.

Yago: You went to a psych ward first? What was that like?

Osbourne: I was pissed. I was told I was going to a detox and I was like "OK, cool I'm going to go in a place full of kids who were hurt." And I went in and there's kids running and smacking their heads into walls, it was like — it was a mental institution.

Yago: So you were basically going through detox in a mental ward?

Osbourne: 'Cause that was the only place who could legally detox adolescents.

Yago: Tell me what about what it was like physically going through detox off OxyContin.

Osbourne: I was detoxing for both Oxy and alcohol, so I was shaking a lot. I felt like someone was coming up behind me and grabbing my neck, just squeezing as hard as they could. You'd wake up in the middle of the night feeling like your knees were just in pain cause this stuff is all in your system. Sweating a lot, throwing up on myself in the shower.

Yago: Not a pretty picture.

Osbourne: No.

Yago: What were your first thoughts when you saw the rehab facility?

Osbourne: Thank God, 'cause it was a really nice place. It was better than barred windows, no shoelaces, no belts. It was like a house in the middle of the hills and it was nice.

Yago: Was going to rehab the first time you were surrounded by kids your own age?

Osbourne: Yeah. It was real interesting because, in a way, when I was up in rehab I wasn't Jack Osbourne, I was a normal 17-year-old kid who had a problem as well as everyone else up there and it was great. I got to be who I was.

Yago: Were there some kids that held it against you that you were the son of a rock legend, superstar?

Osbourne: They all told me that when I went up there they were pissed off 'cause they were like, "Oh, some f---ing obnoxious, egotistical prick is going to come up here ... you know, just totally make this place crap."

Yago: Was that a good thing for you, to have to deal with people like that?

Osbourne: Yeah, because I think I found some true friends. Up there we saw each other in our greatest moments and in our utmost weakest moments. We were completely vulnerable to each other, which just brings an automatic closeness. I met some people who I still call on a daily basis.

Yago: Where do you go from here? What do you have to do now to stay clean?

Osbourne: I go to a meeting every day. I surround myself with people who don't use. I recently got back from Ozzfest and I caught myself in kind of a sticky situation where I was around a lot of people using, drinking and it was kind of — I didn't have the urge to use once, but I just knew I shouldn't have been there. There's a saying in the program, "If you hang around a barbershop long enough, you're bound to get a haircut."

Yago: So you're worried about going on tour this summer?

Osbourne: As long as I know my head's in the right place, my feet are on the ground, I think I'll be fine.

Yago: They say part of beating addiction is relapsing. Are you worried that one day you'll hit that wall and relapse?

Osbourne: Well, all I can say is today — it's a day by day program and so I'm very worried about relapsing, but I don't know. I don't want to use. I don't want to go back to that place because nothing good came of it. It was super dark; it's not nice.


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