Jonathan Howsmon Davis (47), best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of nu metal band ‘Korn,’ has lived a tough life battling addiction to recreational drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and debilitating mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Having recovered successfully and staying sober for almost 20 years, the singer recently launched his first solo album titled “Black Labyrinth” along with the release of a 13-part video series “Through the Black Labyrinth.”
In a recent conversation with Forbes, the singer opened up about his struggles with addiction and mental health issues, and the ways they affected his life. He has been dealing with anxiety for years. To manage the condition, he took Xanax as it calmed him down and made him feel good instantly. He soon developed resistance and realized what the drug was doing to his brain and body.
As his perception about Xanax changed, Davis now finds it a “devil.” As per the singer, his new song ‘Meditate’ is about some common regrets, like dependence on drugs to stay happy, that he developed after taking Xanax continuously for two years. After that period, the singer tried to kick the drug, but all his efforts went in vain.
Dangers of Xanax abuse
Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine that is commonly used to treat mental health conditions like generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and phobias. But it is important to ensure that one uses the drug only as per expert’s advice as misusing or overusing can lead to consequences like drowsiness, fatigue, memory issues, mood swings, coma and addiction. Then taking help of drug rehabs becomes inevitable.
Getting rid of Xanax is not easy as a person might experience symptoms like shakiness and seizures once the drug’s euphoric effects begin to fade. The singer began abusing Xanax by taking 0.25 milligram initially, gradually moving to 2 milligrams or one bar a day. Soon, he developed tolerance and started taking two bars a day. However, David knew that going cold turkey wasn’t an ideal way of distancing himself from his addiction as it could lead to seizures and death.
It was in 2013 that Davis joined a rehab to successfully attain sobriety. During the treatment, he switched to marijuana and smoked every night before hitting the bed for the next three years. He didn’t develop addiction, but it purportedly worked like a medication that helped in controlling anxiety and putting him to sleep. Finally, he decided to quit and since then, has never felt the urge of using it ever again. At present, video games, music and his children help Davis to stay at peace.
Seeking help is the key
Self-help is undoubtedly an important part of one’s recovery from a mental illness or an addiction. But this alone is not enough to lead a healthy and productive life. It is important to make sure that the person seeks help from a medical expert to attain long-term recovery. Delaying the treatment might be dangerous as it can worsen the condition and even trigger the development of other serious health conditions.
If you know someone who is addicted to this anti-anxiety medication and might need treatment for Xanax addiction, Sovereign Health is there to help. We offer world-class treatment facilities for Xanax addiction so that one can easily overcome his/her problem. For more information on our state-of-the-art Xanax abuse treatment centers, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with an advisor and witness a life-changing experience.