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Scott Stapp Opens Up on Struggling with Bipolar Disorder, Alcohol, and Drugs

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scott stapp quoteSinger and former Creed band member, Scott Stapp, has revealed how serious his bipolar disorder episodes became in November 2014 before receiving treatment.  His alcohol and drug use worsened his illness.  The concern with a co-occurring disorder is that if individuals aren’t getting the treatment they need, then their disease will only get worse.  That was the case for Stapp, who suffered a psychotic breakdown and admits, “I was out of my mind.”

Scott Stapp Reveals Breakdown

Scott Stapp suffered a breakdown last year that he later claimed was due to the abuse of alcohol and drugs.  “I was hallucinating,” the 41-year-old stated.  “I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car.”  The psychotic episode led to the star making death threats against President Obama, stating he was a member of the CIA, and making claims about ISIS.  “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,” Stapp explained.  “All of it was nonsense.”  In the beginning of November 2014, Stapp put up a video of himself where he stated he was being robbed.  The following weeks resulted in the musician being picked up by highway police in Florida when he claimed he needed protection from attackers.

The Rolling Stone stated his wife, Jaclyn, believed he was selling their belongings for a variety of different drugs.  Scott Stapp claimed he was even abusing his own medications when active in his addiction such as Adderall, which he was prescribed for ADHD, and his antidepressant.  He began to take more and more of his prescribed dose of Adderall when he was no longer getting the desired effects.

According to New York Daily News, Stapp was forced under a psychiatric hold for 72 hours on November 13.  Shortly after this, Jaclyn took over custody of their three children, Milán, Daniel, and Jagger.  Stapp entered extensive therapy and found a 12-step fellowship to maintain his sobriety.  The couple reunited and Jaclyn is in full support of Stapp.  Scott added, “There’s a stigma associated with [bipolar disorder.] But Jaclyn kept telling me, ‘Embrace it. We love you.’ It became a big sigh of relief, because finally, we had an answer.”

Mental illnesses like bipolar disorder can be serious.  Sufferers can have episodes and mood fluctuations, which may cause their lives to be unmanageable, but if they receive treatment, these individuals can live highly functional lives in society.  Scott Stapp acts as an example of how abusing alcohol and drugs while combatting a mental illness like bipolar disorder only intensifies the severity of the sickness.

Are you struggling with an alcohol and/or drug addiction?  Contact The Watershed for help today.  You don’t have to continue on with the battle any longer, so call now for help.

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