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Justin Bieber gets candid about past drug addiction, getting sober: I 'felt like I was dying'

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 2/4/2020 Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY

Justin Bieber arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Justin Bieber: Seasons" on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Justin Bieber arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Justin Bieber: Seasons" on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

Justin Bieber is speaking frankly about his past experiences with drug addiction. 

In an episode of "Justin Bieber: Sessions" released Monday, the 25-year-old pop star got candid about his past drug use, which began with smoking marijuana when he was "12 or 13."

He began depending on it heavily and later got involved with alcohol, lean (a mixture codeine cough syrup, soda, and hard candy), taking pills, MDMA, psychedelic mushrooms, "everything." But Bieber eventually decided he wanted to get sober when he "felt like I was dying." 

"My security and stuff would come into my room at night to check my pulse," he recalled. "People don't know how serious it got. It was legit crazy scary. I was waking up in the morning and the first thing I was doing was popping pills and smoking a blunt and starting my day. It just got scary."

Scooter Braun, Bieber's longtime manager, called ages 19 to 21 his "dark period." 

"He's gone through a lot in a very short life," Braun added. "You don't always agree with someone's decisions in that moment. There're young people making decisions that affect a lot of people and sometimes in those scenarios, you're gonna make the right the right decision, sometimes you're gonna make the wrong." 

Bieber's wife, the former Hailey Baldwin, said she thought his then-undiagnosed "crippling anxiety" led the young star to self-medicate. But she didn't involve herself in his life until he decided to get sober. 

Bieber said his parents didn't raise him with the "tools to be a good team player." 

"Sometimes when life throws you things that you can't control, you know, naturally our attitude is to be upset or to be disappointed or discouraged," Bieber said. "It might not seem that hard to some people to just get out of bed in the morning, but it's been really hard for me to just get out of my bed. And I know a lot of people feel that same way, so I just want to say you're not there alone in that. There's people that are going through it with you. Life is worth living." 

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