If you grew up in the late ’90s, then you are all too familiar with the band Creed. With three multi-platinum albums and a Grammy, Creed was by far, one of the most popular and successful bands of that time. But behind the scenes, Scott Stapp, Creed’s frontman, was spiraling out of control.
In 2002, the beginning of the end happened for Stapp and Creed.
From missing sound-checks to postponing tour dates to the infamous show in Chicago. Reports say that Stapp was clearly under the influence of something, although he claimed to be sick. Either way, some fans were so disappointed and upset over the performance that they decided to sue the band for putting on a terrible show.
After Creed broke up in 2004, we heard nothing on Scott Stapp for many years. Until his memoir Sinner’s Creed came out in 2012, revealing that rapper T.I. saved Stapp from a near-death experience in 06’.
In the book, Stapp said he had holed up in a Miami hotel during a multiple-day drug binge. After being awake for many days, the hallucinations got to him. Stapp jumped 40 feet from a balcony. After breaking his nose and hip and fracturing his skull, it seemed T.I. was in the right place at the right time. He saved Stapp. Creed’s frontman refers to T.I. as his guardian angel.
Then in 2014, a video surfaced of Stapp, where he is clearly not in his right mind. He told viewers that he hadn’t eaten in days and had to sleep in his truck. Later it came out that Stapp thought trained assassins were out to kill him and he was then placed in a 72-hour hold in a psych hospital.
Scott’s Road To Recovery
After his wife’s ultimatum, which was to enter a dual-diagnosis facility or have no chance of saving the relationship, Stapp finally made the decision to get help.
Today, Scott Stapp has been properly diagnosed with bi-polar and is currently taking medication for it. He also lives a life of sobriety, working the 12-steps and treating the three-fold disease that we call alcoholism. He continues to work on mind, body, and spirit and makes recovery his priority.
Stapp is currently on a solo sober tour called Proof of Life. In an interview with The Fix, he says,
“I feel like I’ve gotten a new lease on life. I never realized how much my music and performing is also a part of my healing.”
He went on to say,
“I’m in a program, my family and I live a life built around my recovery. My tours are sober tours and I have a very supportive band and crew. I’m learning to live in the present and that addiction and bipolar disorder are not a death sentence. It can be treated. I keep my past in my rearview mirror to remind me of the places I never want to go. I’ve got a lot to be grateful for.”
If you or someone you love is battling addiction, know that you are not alone in the fight.
Recovery is possible. All you have to do is take the first step.