Scott Stapp on Recovery: 'It's Still One Day at a Time, But There's a Lot of Healing'
The Creed frontman talks about his recovery from addiction, Couples Therapy, and returning to music
It has been a long road for Scott Stapp.
The Creed frontman, 42, went public earlier this year about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder – a condition that was intensified by his drug and alcohol abuse.
But now, things are improving for the rocker and his wife, Jaclyn.
As he continues to get healthy, Scott feels ready to return to one of his passions. In the exclusive new video seen above, the Grammy winner teases a return to the music industry. He will announce further details on Oct. 14.
Speaking to PEOPLE, both Scott and Jaclyn, 35, say that things are heading in the right direction. “Things are going much better,” he says. “It’s still one day at a time, but there’s a lot of healing and recovery.”
The Stapps will display some of that healing and recovery when they appear on the new season of Couples Therapy, premiering Wednesday. “That was real therapy,” Scott tells PEOPLE. “I know it’s for TV, but the work we did was real.”
And why go so public with something so private? “The breakdown was public,” says Scott. “We made a family decision in doing the phone. We spoke with our pastor, we spoke with everyone who we look up to. We got their advice. We’re doing this for us, but our life had become so public. I had put my family out there during my breakdown. So we wanted to continue to let people in on the recovery process.”
“Things are much, much better,” adds Jaclyn. “We’re happy that we’re moving on as a family, we’re together, we’re getting healthy. I’m happy to see Scott doing well; I’m busy with my charitable organization, the CHARM Foundation.
And while the Stapps say that they had a few personality differences with some of the other Couples Therapy participants, they are still glad they did the show.
“When we first got there, Dr. Jenn told us that we needed to be vulnerable,” says Scott. “And that’s what we tried to do. This isn’t about anything but getting better and working together well, and the experience was fantastic for us. I’m so glad we did it.”
The new season of Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on VH1.