Papa Roach Singer Says Childhood Trauma Led Him To Alcoholism


Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix spoke candidly about his struggle to get sober and the issues that drove him to alcoholism in a recent radio interview. Speaking on Philadelphia's WMMR-FM, Shaddix revealed that he's now seven-and-a-half years sober, but that came after years of repeated relapses.

He explained, "I grew up and didn't know how to deal with my emotions and my feelings of the dark experience that happened to me as a child and the brokenness that I carried from that . . . Trauma affects people in a lot of different ways, and you've gotta find a way to deal with it. I'm still unpackaging all this stuff from my youth and coming to peace with it."

Shaddix said that his family was homeless when he was just an infant, and that his father, a Vietnam veteran, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He remarked, "The trauma doesn't end on the battlefield; people carry that trauma home. Soldiers got families, and you see how it affects the family and the kids."

The singer spoke with us a while back about the way war impacted his family: "It just sucks 'cause, like, you know, war affects the world in so many different ways. My father's a Vietnam veteran and, you know, it pretty much just f**ked my family up 'cause my father, you know -- hand-to-hand combat, killing men, women, and children and all that s**t does something to you. And that pretty much directly, like, affected me 'cause it destroyed my family."

Shaddix said that nowadays he encourages fans and others to speak up about their issues and seek help, adding, "I guarantee there's somebody around you that wants to help you . . . do not be silent about your struggle."

Papa Roach is spending the summer touring with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves in support of its latest album, Who Do You Trust?