Russell, who in 2010 suffered a perforated bowel — six months after shattering his pelvis in a live performance fall — largely blamed these injuries on his alcohol and painkiller addictions as well as the prednisone drug he was prescribed.
"Alcohol and drugs are the worst things in the world," Jack told "The Five Count". Anybody out there that's got a problem with alcohol, or alcohol and drugs, get some help. You may not be as lucky as me."
Russell continued: "The last time I drank was almost two years ago. I came out of a five-day coma. And I'm in this hospital room. There's all these people in my room — a guy from Chicago that I know, my wife, my band, my doctor. I go, 'Where am I?' And he goes, 'Well, you're in the hospital.' I go, 'I know I'm in the hospital. What am I here for?' My wife goes, 'Jack, I couldn't wake you up. You came home at night. You were out with Don Dokken' — of all people — and I came back home and she got me on the bed and she couldn't wake me up the next morning. So she drove me to the emergency room and I was in a coma with my liver almost shut down. So [the doctor] told me, 'Look, I'll tell you like this. The way you drink, which your wife tells me how you drink, and I don't think you're gonna change if you do…' I said, 'No, I wouldn't.' And he goes, 'Well, if you do that one more time, you're gonna be dead. I'm not saying you might, could, should, would — you're going to die.' So I said, 'Well, that's pretty much it then. It's like somebody putting six bullets in a gun and saying, 'Let's play Russian Roulette.'"
Jack added: "But the message I was trying to impart is just if you do have an issue and you're listening to this interview, please get help, 'cause it's not worth it, and your life can be so much better."