Five Finger Death Punch Bassist Celebrates One Year Of Sobriety

Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael celebrated his first year of sobriety on Sunday (February 3rd). Kael wrote on Twitter on Monday (February 4th), "May my hitting my first sober birthday yesterday give hope to those of you also struggling with addiction. It can be done. And, you will thank yourself when you too hit these milestones. Keep your chin up and those feet moving!"

Kael revealed last year that he had been abusing alcohol and cocaine, until finally checking into rehab. He explained in one post, "I got hit HARD with depression combined with drinking and cocaine that had definitely gotten the best of me. I hit an incredibly depressing low in February, realized that things were no longer in my control, gave myself to the universe and sought help in rehab here in Vegas."

Last April, Kael told radio station KLAQ that he was "going through about an eight-ball of cocaine a week" at the height of his addiction. He explained, "I didn't realize it until I got into rehab that I was self-medicating with cocaine to get my dopamine levels up to fight the depression. I never even thought about that. And then when you come off it, you crash hard."

Kael was the fourth member of Five Finger Death Punch to embrace sobriety, with singer Ivan Moody rehabbing in 2018 following a string of onstage meltdowns and other bizarre behavior. Guitarist Jason Hook and former drummer Jeremy Spencer are also sober, although Spencer recently exited the band due to back problems.