Grant Denyer experienced hallucinations following 'hardcore' painkiller addiction

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
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It’s been just over 10 years since he broke his back during a monster truck crash, and now TV and radio presenter Grant Denyer has opened up about the horrific aftermath of the ordeal, which involved being heavily medicated.

The 41-year-old has revealed the ‘hardcore’ medication he took to ease the pain had other effects on his body, including making him feel disoriented and experience hallucinations.

With the recovery comes a lot of medication, they don’t tell you the effects that the medication can have on you because that is worse than the injury itself,” told his 2Day FM breakfast show co-hosts Ed Kavalee and Ash London.

Feeling out of touch with reality, the Dancing With The Stars host detailed the times he hallucinated, often after having nightmares.

After winning the Gold Logie at last year’s TV Week Logie Awards, the father-of-two spoke candidly about his previous addiction to  prescription drugs. Photo: Getty

I could barely walk, so I had a dream and then I woke up, I believed we were in the middle of a home invasion,” he said of one particular time. “I’d go to fight off people that weren’t there, right? That’s one case.” 

He’d also often try and ‘escape’ his home life and wife Chezzi, whom he’s grateful for being “still here because I put her through the wringer”. 

“I was down the street in my undies — this is Castlereagh Street in the city (in Sydney) — trying to find scotch, in my undies,” he revealed of a traumatising experience.

“The tipping point, where my wife nearly left me, I was missing for quite a long time now, a couple of hours … I was asleep in the emergency fire escape in a high-rise building, sleeping on the floor in my undies next to a human poo.

Old footage emerged following his Gold Logie win, showing him in a Sunrise segment in 2013, at the height of his painkiller addiction. Photo: Channel Seven

“I was almost cuddled up to someone’s faeces in the spooning position.”

His addiction to painkillers came after he broke his lower vertebrae in eight places in September 2008 while attempting to jump over two cars in a monster truck.

After winning the Gold Logie at last year’s TV Week Logie Awards, the father-of-two spoke candidly about his previous addiction to prescription drugs. 

Admitting he didn’t care “whether I lived or died” at the height of his struggles, the former Family Feud host revealed it was having kids that saved his life. 

Grant and wife Chezzi at the 2018 Logie Awards. Photo: Getty

“It was a time where I didn’t really give a s**t whether I lived or died,” Grant told Sydney Confidential. “I felt like I had nothing to live for.”

But it was the birth of his daughter Sailor, now seven, who helped get him on the path to recovery. 

“I reckon if I didn’t have my daughter, at that particular point, I might not be here,” he said, while also paying credit to his wife of eight years, Chezzi. 

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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