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Nov. 23, 2022 – Asked if he went to rehab for alcohol abuse or if he just quit cold turkey, Hughes said: “I did [go to rehab]. Let’s just say I had one too many cocktails on Christmas Day 1991, and I found myself in the ER room one more time. And I realized that I had a choice — to go back out and do it again or go into [rehab. And] I went to treatment in Rancho Mirage in 1992. I had a few relapses in the mid-1990s, and in 1997 I had my last cocktail — November 23rd, 1997. And that’s when I started this full road of recovery. And it’s been an incredible, incredible journey.
“Somebody said to me early on in sobriety, ‘You’re gonna on to make even greater songs, write better songs. You’re gonna go out and sing better.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’ve already done it.’ He said, ‘No. You’re gonna do even better.’ And I think I’ve had a good, long run of a great lifetime of clean and sober living.”
Hughes wrote about his path to sobriety in his autobiography, titled “Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star”, which came out in 2011. Glenn told FaceCulture about the book: “In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I was a very notorious drug addict, I was a very famous cocaine addict. I don’t say that to be arrogant, but I was one of the first rock stars to become, ‘Oh, Glenn Hughes, he’s a cocaine addict.’”