Stevie Nicks tells aspiring musicians to set aside cash for rehab.
The singer with Don’t Stop rockers Fleetwood Mac urges performers to save about £23,000 for recovery if they make it big and go off the rails.
The American star, now 72, endured troubled times in the drug-fuelled party days of the mid-to-late 1970s.
And Stevie believes it is impossible to stop musical creatives from problematic spirals.
She said: “I don’t think you can tell a drug addict what to do. I think a drug addict has to wake up one morning and say: ‘I’m a drug addict and I’m dying and I’m not going to do it any more.’ Or: ‘Take me to the hospital.’
“I don’t think there was anybody in the world that could have told Fleetwood Mac or any of the rest of the bands because it was not just us, it was everybody.
“And it wasn’t just us bands either – it was housewives and lawyers and music industry people and everybody. It was not a good time.
“And I wouldn’t advise anybody to get into it because if you do, I tell everybody open a savings account and start saving money for your rehab bill because it’s going to cost 30,000 bucks to go and get off these drugs so just don’t start.
“But could people have told us that? I don’t think so.”
The singer-songwriter was speaking to BBC Radio.