Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Sober Again After Adderall-Induced Meltdowns

By McCarton Ackerman 05/14/15

Stapp was placed on an involuntary 72-hour psych hold last November.

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Looking far healthier than he did during his highly publicized meltdown at the end of last year, former Creed frontman Scott Stapp has acknowledged that he relapsed on prescription drugs and that his drug abuse sparked psychotic episodes.

Stapp was placed on an involuntary 72-hour psych hold last November after police found him drunk and rambling incoherently. His psychosis became so intense that he became convinced he had been programmed by the CIA and would comb through airports looking for suspicious cars. Only now has he come clean by admitting that he lied to a doctor last year about his past battles with substance abuse in order to get a prescription for Adderall.

"I didn't want to return to street drugs, and so I deceived myself and knowingly went in to see a doctor," he told ABC's Nightline. “I was so out of my mind, delusional, turned on everyone that I loved, made wild and crazy accusations about my wife. I thought I was being followed by the government, I mean, it was a manic paranoid, psychotic episode. I was driving around with ... a 12-gauge shotgun in my lap. And I thought that people were trying to kill me."

Eventually, Stapp was taking double the legal dosage of Adderall at 120 milligrams per day, which led to experiencing hallucinations. After his wife, Jaclyn, found out about his drug use, she kicked him out of their home.

Stapp checked into a hotel and tried quitting cold turkey, which is when he began having psychotic episodes. He acknowledged that the 15-minute video he posted on Facebook last November, in which he claimed that he was broke after people stole money from him,  had “no basis in reality” and that he was battling manic psychosis at the time.

"Everything that I thought, I believed in the bottom of my heart,” said Stapp. “Your delusion has told you that you have no money, you have no home, you have no family and everyone that you love has been trying to harm you, and you believe it."

He is now sober and receiving treatment for both his drug addiction and bipolar disorder. Jaclyn filed for divorce last November, but the pair have since reconciled and he has moved back into their Florida home.

"There is hope," said Stapp. "When I'm with this woman, I feel like there's always hope, and she's teaching me what real love is and I'm just very thankful for that."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.