Stone Sour’s Josh Rand Opens Up on Struggle With Addiction
In late January, Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand checked into a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons, revealing he would not be a part of the band's winter tour dates. Now, he's opened up about his struggles with addiction in a new post.
Rand shared an official message on Stone Sour's Facebook page (seen below), explaining that "high anxiety" and a desire to feel comfortable in his own skin drove him to abuse alcohol and Xanax. After three months of treatment, the guitarist says he's "doing well" but admits he is still "a work in progress," going on to thank everyone for their support.
As many of you may already know, in January of this year I made the difficult decision to step away from the Canadian leg of the Stone Sour tour. I hit a personal breaking point and it was imperative that I address it.
My high anxiety and desire to feel comfortable in my own skin over the years led to an alcohol and Xanax dependency. That along with aggression issues made me feel miserable and I just could not continue to live that way. Thankfully, with the support of my band, family, and friends I was able to come home and seek help.
Now (three months later) I’m doing well, but still a work in progress. I want to sincerely thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and positive words. It means a lot to me.
Stone Sour will head back out on the road later this month, alternating standard concert dates with festival appearances. See the full list of stops here.
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