When Creed’s lead growler Scott Stapp yanked the steering wheel of his life and took a hard right into Crazytown last year, most people (including myself) figured all his ramblings about the CIA, Florida, Satan and seeing Fire People were the result of chasing too many dragons. Well, it turns out we were half right; Scott’s behavior was the result of drugs, but also had something to do with an undiagnosed case of bipolar disorder. Scott recently spoke to People about that “Scott, STAHP!” moment in his life. According to Scott, he’s “lucky to be alive” and blames his fucked up Intervention-level antics on a psychotic break that was brought on by booze 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. 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. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind.”
Eventually he checked into a facility to help him battle his demons, and they diagnosed him with bipolar disorder. Scott’s wife Jaclyn Stapp, who was doing the sayonara two-step over to a divorce lawyer’s office back in November but now seems to be sticking around, said the bipolar diagnosis didn’t exactly surprise her:
“It made sense. I definitely knew there was something going on for years, but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was.”
Scott says he’s currently sober and he’s working through a 12-step program. He also has a sponsor to make sure he doesn’t relapse, and is taking medication to manage the bipolar.
That loud whooshing sound you just heard was every resident of Florida breathing a sigh of relief that Scott Stapp’s erratic behavior was the result of too many drugs and too much booze. “Oh thank god! I was afraid it might be a side effect of living in Florida.“