Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody Is One Year Sober

By Kelly Burch 03/12/19

“I’m speechless man. A lot of people didn’t think I’d make it 24 hours. To be honest with you there were times I didn’t either,” Moody said.

Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody
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Ivan Moody, the lead singer in the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, celebrated one year of sobriety over the weekend, according to his bandmate. 

“I’m speechless man,” Moody said in an emotional Instagram video. “A lot of people didn’t think I’d make it 24 hours. To be honest with you there were times I didn’t either.” 

He took time to acknowledge others who are fighting to stay sober. “I’m with you every step of the way, whether you have 24 hours or 24 years,” he said. “Keep the fight man.” 

Chris Kael, the group’s bassist, recently achieved one year of sobriety as well. He went on Instagram to acknowledge Moody’s accomplishment. 

"Join me in celebrating @ivanmoody today on his One Year Sober Birthday! Roughly 75 percent of those who start the path to sobriety don't make it a full year. I've seen firsthand the work that Ivan has done through 365 consecutive days to get himself to this HUGE milestone. I've seen the amazing, positive changes in him over this past year that have gotten closer and closer to the man we all knew he could be. I'm proud of you, my friend. As are countless people you have inspired along the way. Keep that shit up! #ShitYesSon #SoberAsFuck #PresentAsFuck #IvanAsFuck”

Moody had tried to get sober before, but always found himself relapsing, according to Blabbermouth

“Recovery, you have to be committed; it's an honest program, and I wasn't being honest with myself at the time. I'm very, very proud of the progress I've made,” Moody said on a radio show last September. 

Moody said that he could count on fellow sober rockers when he needed fellowship. 

"Rob Halford [of Judas Priest] is the person that I called a lot of the time when I was in recovery," he said. "I think he's been sober now for going on 40 years—maybe, I think, a little longer than that; I could be wrong. But Jamey Jasta [of Hatebreed]—another one. Jamey's been sober now for 18 years; Jonathan Davis [of Korn]; so on and so forth. So these were all people that I looked to when I was struggling, and I was very, very lucky and blessed to have them on my team.”

Moody nearly died from alcohol at one point, and said that since he’s been sober it’s like he’s living a new life. 

He said, “I feel I took a nap for about four years and I woke up one day and I saw somebody else wearing my skin. It was like Rip Van Winkle; it was really odd. I feel better than I felt in years, which is really… it's a plus.”

In addition to Moody and Kael, Five Finger Death Punch’s former drummer Jeremy Spencer is also sober. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.