Scott Stapp: 'I am bipolar. battled drug addiction'


Creed singer Scott Stapp in 2009. The 41-year-old is speaking out about mental health issues he suffered last year.

Scott Stapp says he's finally on the road to recovery after a troubling bout with alcoholism, drug abuse and bipolar disorder.


Late last year, the Creed singer suffered a paranoid breakdown during which he threatened to kill President Obama, claimed he was a CIA agent and said the terrorist organization ISIS had infiltrated his family.

In an interview with People, the 41-year-old rock star admitted the dark period was "a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse."

"I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car," Stapp said.

"In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism," he added.

"All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."

Stapp's troubles first made news in late November, when he posted a rambling 15 minute video to his Facebook page claiming he was under a "vicious attack" by people who had stolen all of his money.

In the coming weeks, 911 calls released by the police captured the "Arms Wide Open" singer wandering down the side of a Florida highway while begging police to protect him from assassins.

In another recording, Stapp was heard telling administrators at his son's school "the core of ISIS" was within his family.


Stapp says he's doing better after months of therapy and has been working with a 12-step sobriety program.

On Nov. 13, the 41-year-old singer was placed in a 72-hour psych hold.

Weeks later, TMZ reported he'd lost custody of his three children to his then-estranged wife, Jaclyn.

Now, though, Stapp told People, the dark days are behind him, as he's been undergoing months of intensive therapy for bipolar disorder and working with a 12-step program to stay sober.

He's also reconciled with his wife Jaclyn.

During what he called a "psycotic break," Stapp threatened to kill the President and said ISIS terrorists had infiltrated his family.

"It was hard to process," he said.

"There's a stigma associated with it. But Jaclyn kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sigh of relief, because finally, we had an answer."


Courtesy: NY Daily
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