Creed’s Scott Stapp Admits “I Have Bipolar Disorder”

After a very public meltdown that lasted months in the fall of 2014, Creed's Scott Stapp admits what was going on when he was posting cryptic videos and claiming he was broke all while being "under some kind of pretty vicious attack." The former rock star candidly tells People magazine that it was all a result of his struggles with bipolar disorder, which went undiagnosed until he checked into a dual diagnostic facility. "I'm lucky to be alive," he explains. "I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse," he says. "I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. "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 further explains to the mag. "All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind." All of his struggles, however, went unknown to wife Jaclyn. "I definitely knew there was something going on for years, but I couldn't pinpoint what it was," she says. So when they finally got the diagnosis, she said she felt it made "sense." Stapp had a difficult time accepting the diagnosis at first, but with the support of his wife and family he learned to handle it and get the help he needed. "It was hard to process," he says. "There's a stigma associated with it. But Jaclyn kept telling me, 'Embrace it. We love you.' It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer." He further explained to ABC's Nightline that his substance abuse of prescription drugs included Adderall and antidepressants. His Adderall addiction, he tells Nightline, stemmed from an ADHD diagnoses that made it easier to obtain a prescription. But when his prescribed dosage stopped working, he would take more and more. He ultimately started taking 120 milligrams of the medication, which is double the legal amount. "I hid it from [Jaclyn]," he says. "It was a full-blown relapse, man, and I can make no excuses about that. … [I] thought that I could manage it this time." But it turned out he couldn't. "I thought my own wife was trying to poison me. I made crazy accusations that she had done things to me that she's never done," Stapp tells the program. "My wife was trying to save me. She was trying to help me. And her efforts to help me in my delusional state, I interpreted as part of the grand conspiracy to harm me." Now sober, Stapp participates in intensive therapy. He also takes medication for his bipolar disorder, meets with a sponsor and works through a 12-step program. "Nothing is more important than my sobriety," he says.
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