Chris Leben recently talked about his drug problems and down below here are the highlights:
“It really is better now. The bottom line is, especially with all the illegal drugs, I was spending all the money I was making anyways. Six in one, half dozen in the other. I used to fight, the way I fought, I didn’t give a shit. ‘Fuck this, I could die tomorrow, let’s go out there and I’m gonna fucking kill this guy!’ That fire, I’d be lying if I said that fire was still in me these past couple fights. It hasn’t been.”
“I hate to admit it, but shit’s going okay at home. My life’s alright. I’m a lot more of a mellow guy. Just getting older I guess. I don’t even know. I don’t know how to explain it.”
“I’ve been over two years without taking a pain pill, which was my hugest issue. I don’t drink any more. I “have made a couple mistakes on drinking, but I’m a non-drinker now, and I don’t (drink).
I just take it one step, one day at a time. I’ve really had to make some huge changes about who I surround myself with and who my friends are, who I reach out to for support. The guys at Alliance all know what’s going on with me, and everybody’s been so supportive of where I’m at with that.”
Leben was arrested for DUI in 2008 and served a 35 day sentence. In 2009 he failed a post-fight drug test for the steroid stanozolol. In 2010 he was arrested in Hawaii for suspicion of DUI after a one-car accident. In 2011 Leben failed another drug test which was popped for pain killers oxycodone and oxymorphone.