Adam Levine Quit Drugs After A Bad Denny's Experience

Dusten Carlson

Maroon 5 frontman and Voice judge Adam Levine used to do drugs ... until one bad night a Denny's restaurant.

Levine admits he used to use drugs early in his career but quit after a bizarre experience while on the prescription drug Ambien. With fellow Maroon 5'er James Valentine, Levine took the sedatives while on tour, thinking they were something else meant to give him a little pep.

The drug knocked both of them out (because that's what it does) while they were waiting for dinner.

He recalls:

"We had a brief experience one time with what I guess was Ambien. James Valentine and I, we didn't really know what it was ... It was the first and last time we took this drug. But we were at Denny's at some shady part of the city of whatever part of the country we were in, and we took it and we ordered the food ... and we woke up at the table, what must have been an hour (later) ... I was like, 'Oh, no.' And James had his head down, so I was like, 'Hey, man. Hey, we should get out of here.' We didn't eat our food. We sheepishly paid our bills and walked out, and everyone's looking (at us) like, 'What's wrong with these guys?' And then since then I've never done drugs."

In a 2012 interview with Q Magazine, Levine admitted to experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs and seemed to regard it as a positive experience.

"I definitely, firmly believe that the experience I had on mushrooms made me understand certain things about myself that I probably wouldn't have otherwise," he said.

"What I took away from that experience was valuable and beneficial to me. It really forced me to look at myself."

He added that he considered his experimentation to be a one-off, and that he has avoided abusing such drugs since for fear of becoming a "f*****g psychotic maniac."

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