Elijah Blue Allman, the son of Cher and Gregg Allman, has revealed that his drug use began at a very young age.
"I started with drugs around the same time we all did, around 11," the musician and artist told Entertainment Tonight, adding that he initially started with weed and ecstasy. "I mean, it's just what you did, it's just what everybody did."
The now 37-year-old Allman said he later segued into harder drugs, noting, "I [was] just looking to escape all the things in my past and, that's when you turn to those kind of drugs, you know, heroin and opiates."
The famous offspring continued, "[Heroin] kind of saved me...If I didn't have that at that point, I don't know what I would have done...You may jump off a bridge. If you can only just go through that time period and live through it and then get help."
But prior to getting help, Allman admitted, "I did have some close calls and some moments of really feeling at the edge of mortality...I always kind of kept it a little bit safe, but you never can do that. Even though you think that in your mind, of course the wrong things can happen."
He added, "The wrong combination of things can happen and you can just slip into the abyss. I knew it was wrong and I knew that I was very unsatisfied with life at that point."
Fortunately, Allman has been sober since 2008. What's more, he reportedly eloped with fiancée Marieangela King in December.