Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Credits Family For Sobriety

By McCarton Ackerman 03/15/16

Stapp spoke to People magazine about his addiction, mental health and hitting "rock bottom."

Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Credits Family For Winning Battle With Sobriety
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Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp is finally winning his at-times rocky battle with sobriety, and says his family is giving him the strength to keep moving past his darkest moments.

His substance abuse led to several incidents including a 2006 arrest for suspected intoxication and a near-death experience in which he fell from the balcony of his 16th floor Miami Beach hotel room during a drug-induced hallucination. He got clean at the end of 2010 and even spoke exclusively with The Fix in December 2013 about his sober lifestyle.

But in November 2014, Stapp’s colossal relapse made headlines after he posted bizarre video rants in which he claimed the IRS froze his bank accounts after he made negative comments about President Obama. His wife, Jaclyn, said that he threatened to assassinate Obama and feared ISIS would attack his son's school. He was eventually placed on an involuntary 72-hour psych hold after police found him drunk and rambling incoherently. Jaclyn filed for divorce and he eventually lost custody of their children.

After checking into treatment the following month and receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, Stapp has remained sober ever since. He has also reconnected with his wife and children and believes they’re responsible for his miraculous turnaround.

"It's been the only thing in my life that has given me purpose to fight the demons, and to keep going on," he told People magazine this week. "Without their love, and without these kids here, there were times when I just didn't know whether to go on anymore."

Stapp acknowledged last May that he lied to a doctor about his struggles with substance abuse in order to obtain a prescription for Adderall. He revealed last year to ABC’s Nightline that the drug was responsible for his hallucinations and disturbing behavior after he started taking 120 milligrams per day, which is double the recommended dosage.

“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,” Stapp told ABC News last May. “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."

Since moving back into the Florida home he shared with Jaclyn, Stapp has continued to receive ongoing treatment for both his drug addiction and bipolar disorder. He’s also gearing up for a nationwide tour that begins on April 30.

"I'm in recovery, I'm sober, and really experiencing life all over again for the first time," he told People. "It's an exciting time and it's good to feel, and to be able to share this with my family."

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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.