Pete Wentz "Spiraled" in to Rx Drug Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 05/09/13

Fall Out Boy's bassist says he got addicted to Xanax and Klonopin after his divorce.

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Pete Wentz, the frontman of American pop punk band Fall Out Boy, says he recently recovered from an addiction to prescription drugs that stemmed from his band's hiatus and his divorce from pop star Ashlee Simpson. Wentz, 33, had abused prescription drugs Xanax and Klonopin during Fall Out Boy's mid-2000s heyday, but says he curtailed his drug use after the birth of his son, Bronx, in 2008. However, the band's 2009 hiatus, along with his subsequent divorce, led to the bassist's drug habit spiraling out of control. "I was probably physically and mentally addicted. It started from insomnia and anxiety from flying, then it spiraled," says Wentz in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. "I felt like a loser already. I'd basically gone from being the guy in Fall Out Boy to being the guy who, like, hangs out all day. I didn't see how I'd ever come out on the other side." His drug use also led to bouts of extreme paranoia. "I was scared of everything. I thought there were always people listening to me," he says. "Like, I had my house searched for bugs. It was crazy." Although he never entered into drug treatment, Wentz credits therapy and the desire to be a good father with helping him beat his addictions. "You're up in the morning and you really have to be there. It's not like getting up for a radio interview," he says, "In some ways, that was super helpful for my soul."

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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.