Nita Strauss is celebrating the sixth anniversary of her getting sober.
Earlier today (Sunday, September 5), the 34-year-old guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band Instagrammed an image revealing she had been sober for six years, 72 months, 2,193 days or 52,608 hours. She captioned it simply: “Grateful.”
When Nita celebrated the fifth anniversary of her getting sober last year, she credited her longtime boyfriend and manager Josh Villalta with helping her live her life without alcohol. At the time, she wrote: “I thought I needed a drink for just about everything. To be confident on stage. To be social after shows. To celebrate. To mourn. To take the edge off frustration or the sting out of a bad day. To relax and laugh at lunch with girlfriends, or watch football with the guys on Sundays.
“I was terrified that my life was going to change, that without alcohol I wouldn’t be ME anymore, that I would lose my circle of friends, and my onstage charisma, and become someone else.
“ALL those things happened… but not in the way I thought they would.
“Change came first in my relationship, in the form of less fighting and drama, and more productivity, peace and love. Thank you @thejoshv for being the catalyst to the best thing I ever did for myself. I love you.
“The ME that I was before would have stayed up until 6 am at the bar or in the bus front lounge. The ME that I became would rather get up at 6 and get to the gym before starting the day.
“My busy circle of friends was almost immediately reduced to a core 3. I’ve learned that when it comes to friendships, quality is ALWAYS better than quantity. If your friends have no interest in spending time with you after you make a change for the better, they weren’t your real friends.
“My first show without alcohol was in front of 15,000 people. I felt like a scarecrow someone had propped up on stage to scare birds. Nothing felt natural. I was going through the motions, with this absurd idea running through my head ‘everyone is looking at me. Everyone knows.’
“I went out by the bus to talk to fans afterward, and do you know what they said? ‘Wow you were so great! Where do you get all that energy? You add so much to Alice’s band!’
“ALL of that insecurity, ALL the fears, ALL the doubt was in my head. Those are your demons that make you think you need them.
“I’m content to sit at the bar, order a soda water with lime and watch the game now. I wouldn’t trade back to my old life for anything.”
Back in 2018, Nita spoke openly about how she got finally sober in September 2015, saying that her boyfriend has always been “a tough-love type” in the way she approached her sobriety. “He’s, like, ‘Look, you’re on this path, and I support you, but I’m not changing the way I do things at all,” she explained in an interview with “Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia”. “And I’m kind of glad, in retrospect, that he did that, because it threw me into the fire and showed me, like, ‘Hey, you can be [around people who are drinking] and not drink.’ He has continued to drink throughout [this entire period], but he didn’t want me to drink, because when I would drink, I would start fights and I would get emotional and I would overreact to stupid things, like you do when you drink — it’s part of drinking; it heightens all your emotions and everything.” Nita also revealed that she has never participated in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to help her stay sober.
Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.
Nita‘s debut solo album, “Controlled Chaos”, was released in November 2018 via Sumerian Records.