The LA Ink star got candid about her own journey to sobriety after spending quality time with Margera.
Tattoo artist Kat Von D visited Bam Margera in rehab, and reflected on her own recovery in a recent social media post.
Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg) shared a video on Instagram on Monday (Oct. 7) of the two sketching quietly side-by-side. Margera, a regular cast member of MTV’s Jackass, is in a 90-day treatment program for substance use disorder following a tumultuous year that culminated with his September appearance on Dr. Phil.
Kat Von D revealed in her Instagram post that she also struggled in her past. Back then she was on the receiving end of a friend’s support.
Her Journey To Sobriety
“Getting sober was not easy for me,” she wrote in her caption. “Even though it’s gonna be 12 years in July that I celebrate being clean from drinking and drugs, I still clearly remember the physical pain from withdrawals, the profound desire to die, and the overwhelming sense of loneliness I felt that day I decided to quit.”
“On day two of detoxing, I was failing to talk myself out of killing myself when a friend came over, and found the most pathetic/vulnerable version of me on my apartment floor,” she wrote. “He said, ‘Come on, Kat. Get up and let’s draw.’ I managed to scrape myself up somehow, find a piece of paper and whatever pencils were laying around. Looking back, I realize he was just helping me put one foot in front of the other. Maybe it was just a distraction, or maybe it was his way of helping me refocus on the one thing that has always saved me from myself. Either way, it’s what I needed at that time, and I am so grateful to that friend.”
Now on the other side of recovery for over a decade, Von D was able to pass on this kindness by reaching out to Bam in his time of need.
Supporting Her Close Friend
“Yesterday, I got to visit my friend [Bam] who’s publicly shared about his current attempt at rehabilitation (which is the only reason I would ever share this). And man, it was beautiful to spend time together and draw!” she wrote. “I’m so proud to see bam sincerely trying to make such meaningful changes—as hard as it is being away from family and home.”
Having endured her own dark times, Von D was able to empathize with Bam. “No one ever sees the struggle, or the ugly painful moments that take place behind the scenes unless you’re in it yourself.”
She ended her post with words of encouragement. “Thank you, Bam for always being there for me. I’m so fucking proud of you, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’re gonna do.”