Creed’s Scott Stapp: To Hell and Back

FINDING PEACE "Time is the greatest healer," says Stapp (on May 2, at a pond where he often meditates). JIM WRIGHT
FINDING PEACE “Time is the greatest healer,” says Stapp (on May 2, at a pond where he often meditates).
JIM WRIGHT

On a sunny Saturday morning in May, Scott Stapp looks like any other suburban dad. His 8-year-old daughter Milan has just had her First Communion, and the family’s Florida home is overrun by loved ones. Dressed in church clothes, he and Jaclyn, his wife of nine years, share an affectionate squeeze in the kitchen. After Milan runs up to Stapp to whisper a secret in his ear, she beams as he kisses the top of her head. “This is what it’s all about,” Stapp tells PEOPLE. “This is when I’m the happiest.” It’s a happy family scene that seemed impossible last fall, when Stapp, 41, was in the midst of a terrifying breakdown. After finding fame in 1998 as the lead singer of the rock band Creed, his life spiraled out of control. Struggling with¬†substance abuse issues for years, he relapsed last year and began abusing¬†prescription drugs and alcohol and used marijuana.

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SOURCE: People Magazine

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