DIIV Singer Zachary Cole Smith Checks Into Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 02/10/17

The 32-year-old singer announced his rehab stint on Instagram. 

DIIV Singer Zachary Cole Smith

DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith is taking the first step to getting well by enrolling himself in “long-haul inpatient treatment” for substance abuse.

The lead singer and guitarist of the Brooklyn, New York-based indie rock band made the announcement in a note posted last Saturday (Feb. 4) to his Instagram account. The text image read, “Are you insane like me, been in pain like me,” as Smith declared in the caption that “I guess now is the time for me to stop kidding myself, and everybody else … I’ve taken this road way past the point of sanity and fucked with way too many people. See you all on the other side. I love you forever, you know who yous are.”

In September 2013, he was arrested along with then-girlfriend, singer Sky Ferreira, for possession of heroin and ecstasy. The Daily Freeman reported that Smith was charged with several misdemeanors including two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of aggravated unlicensed driving and one count of possession of stolen property.

Smith and Ferreira were pulled over by police in Saugerties, New York, after Smith committed several vehicle and traffic infractions. Officers at the scene searched him and found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin. He was also driving an unregistered vehicle and didn’t have insurance or a driver’s license. Ferreira was found with an unspecified amount of ecstasy and reportedly resisted arrest at the scene.

Smith checked into rehab for 12 days a few months after the arrest, believing that a judge would ultimately send him to treatment regardless. He described “Dopamine”—the first single off of DIIV's February 2016 release Is the Is Are—as a “cautionary tale” of his heroin use.

“What happened to us was really shitty and traumatic, and it wasn’t something I did to get attention—it was the worst possible thing that could have happened at that moment,” he said to Pitchfork in January 2016. “I knew it was going to take a really good album to save me. That’s what made it so hard to write, and why it took so long. If I didn’t make a great record, then I’m done. That’s it. I’m fucked.”

But while Smith hasn’t touched heroin since his arrest, he’s not sober by the traditional definition. He told NME in June 2015 that every member of DIIV smokes pot and that “being sober for me doesn’t mean not drinking. For some people, it means being 100% off everything, but for me it means not doing smack.”

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

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.