Jack Vidgen reveals he almost died from a drug overdose last year and attends Narcotics Anonymous


Jack Vidgen is lucky to be alive after suffering a drug overdose last year.

The Voice star now attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings and is determined to stay sober, he revealed on Carla From Bankstown’s OMG Bro podcast on Wednesday.

‘I have had a history with substance abuse. I think that’s definitely stemming from trauma,’ said Jack, 25, who spent six weeks in a Sydney rehabilitation facility in 2020.

Jack Vidgen (pictured) is lucky to be alive after suffering a drug overdose earlier this year

Jack became emotional as he recalled the moment his substance abuse spiralled out of control after a six-month period of sobriety in 2021. 

‘I essentially overdosed and am very lucky I didn’t die,’ he admitted. 

‘When I wrote [my 2021 single] Goodbye, it was when I decided to go sober. That was last year, and since then I was sober for about six months and then I did start drinking again.’

The Voice star now attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings and is determined to stay sober, he revealed on Carla From Bankstown's (right) OMG Bro podcast on Wednesday

The Voice star now attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings and is determined to stay sober, he revealed on Carla From Bankstown’s (right) OMG Bro podcast on Wednesday 

Jack continued: ‘And then it did get a bit hectic again. I’ve never been an alcoholic, but it always starts there [with alcohol] for me and it doesn’t end there.

‘Maybe not always, but the chaos builds up.’

Jack has returned to a life of sobriety since his life-threatening overdose, and now attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings regularly. 

'When I wrote [my 2021 single] Goodbye, it was when I decided to go sober. This was last year, and since then I was sober for about six months and then I did start drinking again,' he said

‘When I wrote [my 2021 single] Goodbye, it was when I decided to go sober. This was last year, and since then I was sober for about six months and then I did start drinking again,’ he said

‘Just to be really real with you, I do go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings. I do things like that because I find it helps me in like a disciplinary way,’ he said. 

‘Just to have something that I can go to and it reminds you of where things can get, and hearing people’s stories and sharing where you’re at. I find it really powerful.’

He later spoke of his determination to leave his drug abuse in the past. 

‘I’m sober now. I don’t know whether I’ll be sober from alcohol forever, I still haven’t decided that – or whether I want that. But I know for now, I just need to be sober. I want clarity in my life. I want peace,’ he said.

Jack became emotional as he recalled the moment his substance abuse spiralled out of control after a six-month period of sobriety in 2021

Jack became emotional as he recalled the moment his substance abuse spiralled out of control after a six-month period of sobriety in 2021 

‘I want to live authentically and I’m just finding at the moment being sober from alcohol and everything else is what needs to happen right now at least. Its a day by day thing.’ 

Jack was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August 2020.

He was treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl The Daily Telegraph reported. 

'Just to be really real with you, I do go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings. I do things like that because I find it helps me in like a disciplinary way,' he said

‘Just to be really real with you, I do go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings. I do things like that because I find it helps me in like a disciplinary way,’ he said 

‘Jack has lived in the public eye for literally a decade now and it hasn’t always been easy,’ a source told the publication in December 2020. 

‘He has faced numerous setbacks but has shown a determination still to not just come through as an artist but to use his life experience as inspiration for his music.’ 

Jack rose to fame as a baby-faced teenager on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.

Jack was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August 2020. He was treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl The Daily Telegraph reported

Jack was admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation facility for substance abuse in August 2020. He was treated for six weeks at the South Pacific Private clinic in Curl Curl The Daily Telegraph reported 

After winning the show, Jack released two successful albums, even reaching No. 3 in the ARIA charts with his single Yes I Am.

After parting ways with record label Sony Music Australia in 2014, he tried his luck in Los Angeles for a year before returning to Sydney.

He mostly stayed out of the spotlight until The Voice, which relaunched his career.  

Jack soared to fame after winning Australia's Got Talent in 2011 at the tender age of 14 (pictured on the show)

Jack soared to fame after winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 at the tender age of 14 (pictured on the show) 

 

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