Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he is “lucky to be alive” after enduring a mental breakdown late last year brought on by abusing alcohol and prescription drugs. Now, the 41-year-old says he is on medication and doing much better after finally receiving a diagnosis for his mental health issues: bipolar disorder.
The '90s rocker, who struggled with substance abuse for years, finally sought treatment after exhibiting a series of increasingly bizarre behaviours, which had fans – not to mention his family – worried about the singer’s safety.
Scott has recieved a diagnosis after suffering a breakdown last year. Photo © Getty
"I had a psychotic break," he tells PEOPLE. "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 continues. "All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind."
Back in November, Scott released a bizarre, 15-minute video on his Facebook page, in which he claimed that he was homeless and "under some kind of pretty vicious attack.”
After he refused to seek help, his wife, Jaclyn, kicked him out of the house and filed for divorce. Eventually, Scott checked himself into a treatment centre where it was revealed that he had been suffering from bipolar disorder.
Scott's wife, Jaclyn, has is supporting her husband through his recovery
Aside from the medication, Scott is now sober and on a 12-step program, eager to return to his normal life.
With his three kids, sons Jagger and Daniel and daughter Milan, and his supportive wife by his side, the father and husband is hopeful about the future.
"It was hard to process," he says of the diagnosis. "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."