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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Opens Up About Falling Off The Wagon Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix appeared recently on the ‘Hardcore Humanism With Dr. Mike Podcast‘. Hosted by clinical psychologist and life coach, Dr. Mike Friedman, that episode found Shaddix addressing his struggles with his mental health, sobriety, recovery and more amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

During the conversation he revealed that he had a lapse in his sobriety during the pandemic, though he has since returned to recovery. He said of that:

“Just to be straight with you, I, during the pandemic, I fell off the wagon and I was smoking pot. And I was just, you know, I just got caught up and depressed, you know, depressed and just stuck in this space. And I wasn’t working an active program of recovery. And I found myself with a joint in my mouth, you know? And yeah, it’s legal in California. And yes, it is medicine to some people, but it’s not to me. Anytime, I put any kind of mind altering substance in my body, there’s like this veil that gets dropped on me and just kind of like isolates me from the world.”

Speaking of getting back into a recovery program, he stated:

“When I was with my brothers in recovery, I was like, ‘Hey, man, this what I’ve been up to, I need help, dude, I need it. I need help getting myself back out of this. Because…I knew I was getting closer. You know, I told my guys, you know, ‘Well, at least I didn’t drink,’ you know, and they’re like, ‘Well, yeah, that’s good. That is good, Cobe. But you were heading straight towards it, homey. Like, that’s where you are going. And that was a really hard realization, but a good realization for me to have – is to really understand like, I was feeding the bad wolf.”

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