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STONE SOUR Guitarist Opens Up About Alcohol & Xanax Dependency

He's doing much better than he was.

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Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand bowed out of the band's touring schedule back in January after he "checked into a treatment center." Not much was known at the time about what was going on with Rand and his health aside from assurance by vocalist Corey Taylor that he was doing well, but now he's opening up to the public about exactly what happened.

Rand says he developed a dependency on alcohol and Xanax over the years, and through the encouragement of his friends, his band, and family, he was able to seek the appropriate help he needed.

You can read Rand's full statement below. We wish him all the best with his recovery!

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.

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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.

Much love,
Josh Rand

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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. Much love, Josh.

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