In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose, Cher's son with ex-husband Gregg Allman, musician Elijah Blue Allman, is opening up about his own battle with drugs, which started at a very young age.
"I started with drugs... at around 11, just weed, Ecstasy, acid; it started with that kind of Grateful Dead parking lot culture," Allman explains.
"I can remember being 14 and doing huge hits of nitrous (oxide) and falling under a taxi cab and, like, waking up with the doorknob on my forehead."
Cher with Allman in 2002
Now 37, the artist insists that his drug addictions, particularly to heroin, is what ultimately saved his life.
"If people go through a time in their life where they didn't have that tool, you may jump off a bridge...If you can only just go through that time period and just live through it and then get help..." Allman says of adolescence.
The singer explains that young artists like Justin Bieber, turn to drugs in an effort to deal with their fame.
'When you're that age, that's what you're gonna do and hope you live through it... I could never be, like, preachy and say, like, don't do that; that's just not in my nature," he says.
"Someone like Bieber's in a little bit of a different situation than someone like me of course...It's gotta be a little bit of a nightmare that you wanna escape, like, 'Here's all this fame I went to go get, now I got it.'"
Allman, who is Cher's youngest child, has been sober since 2008.