According to Ozzy, the moment that ultimately derailed his crazy train of substance abuse was something his son said during a little “row” they had. Ozzy often says, to fend off any complaints, that his kids have never once lived in want, he has provided all they ever wanted or needed.
This time Jack retorted, “What about a father?” Ozzy said it hit him between the eyes. He even quit smoking tobacco.
Ozzy's Confession at the “The Howard Stern Show”
The first time he landed in rehab, at the Betty Ford Clinic he thought he was going to learn how to handle his alcohol intake. Perhaps as a social drinker, something more civilized than his behavior. Instead, it was cold turkey. It did little good, and he ended up in rehab six more times.
Finally, he made up his mind to be sober. The man was quoted saying that he couldn’t stand living and was simultaneously afraid of dying. Ozzy called this state “a god-awful place” to be in. He made it four years. Five if you ask him.
Jack’s Sobriety Made Ozzy Get Sober
Jack has been successfully resisting his vices for about two decades. When he sobered up, Ozzy witnessed his feat, and took on the challenge himself.
It was the first time the rocker embraced sobriety. He was proud of himself for living clean and it stretched into four or five years until the messy infidelity scandal derailed his train.
Ozzy Gets a Driver’s License
Being perpetually under the influence, there was never a time when he could legally drive. He was not sober long enough to even go through the process of obtaining a license. He tried previously, 19 times, he said.
One tester refused to get in the car with Ozzy and another advised him to never drive again. He “was always drunk or something.” Finally, at the age of 60, he was legal. In “God Bless Ozzy,” he drives around in an outing in going wherever he wants to go.
Ozzy Gets a Ferrari
It was 2010 and Ozzy fulfilled a boyhood dream of driving a Ferrari. He had just gotten his license and bought the luxury speedster. Sharon said he barely had 20 miles on the odometer when he rear-ended a Mercedes entering an L.A. freeway.
They exchanged insurance information and it turned out the other driver was a lawyer. Unimpressed by the famous singer, he informed Ozzy he would call the cops.