Joe Nichols says he hit rock bottom in January of 2005 during a music industry meet-and-greet. To keep up with the pressures of a country music career, as well as to deal with the loss of his father in 2002, he mixed amphetamines and alcohol. "Too much speed and I'd be all jacked up. Too much booze and I'd be dull. So I took enough of each to keep me going," he told People in 2006. His troubles continued into 2007, and he tells Taste of Country that with the support of his wife, he gets through each day one at a time.