November 16, 2008
Fiddler, Parkour Master Darol Anger Enters Rehab for Pill Addiction
Calcium, herbal bone supplement abuse causes near-fatal overdosePORTLAND, OR — According to his management, Darol Anger has voluntarily checked himself into a ten-week substance abuse rehabilitation program specialized for celebrity entertainers.
The renowned musician is reportedly seeking treatment to address several chemical dependencies he acquired during the long course of therapy for his fractured wrist.
The multifaceted Anger is not only a fiddle player but an accomplished practitioner of Parkour, the art of running through urban and rural environments at an unyielding pace using jumping, climbing and rolling to overcome obstacles.
Anger, a consummate innovator, was reportedly pioneering a bicycle-based variant of Parkour when he broke his wrist, an injury that has put his performing career on hold for months.
“He just wanted to get better so badly. He really thought those supplements were the way,” said a source close to Anger.
Like many who suffer from chronic health problems, Anger gradually became dependent on the medications he took to treat his injury. According to several close friends, the fiddler’s life quickly spiraled downward in a cycle of abuse, desperation and self-destruction.
At the height of his addiction, Anger estimates that he was consuming between six and seven kilograms of pure elemental calcium each day in powder- and pill-form, about five thousand times the quantity recommended for a 200-pound adult.
On top of this, Anger would routinely binge on entire bottles of various over-the-counter bone supplements.
“The money goes fast when you’re living like that,” said bassist and rock music historian Skip Ward.
Indeed, Anger soon found himself in dire straits.
“Late one night after the stores in town had closed I realized I had cashed my calcium supply. All gone. Just totally kicked. Plus which I was broke, completely broke,” recalled Anger. “I was fiending so badly I drank a whole quart of rotten milk that I found in a dumpster.”
“I wish I could say that was my lowest low, but it’s not even close,” he added.
Indeed, Anger’s descent into addiction culminated with a life-changing overdose. Friends found him in his home early one morning, unconscious but still breathing.
“He looked like a stick of chalk,” said one of the friends.
“Yeah, and there were bone supplement pills and empty herbal remedy bottles everywhere,” said another. “We rushed him to the hospital, and thank God he’s going to be OK.”
Anger’s cast is scheduled for removal on Nov. 18.