Josh Rand, one of the core members of metal band Stone Sour, revealed in April that he sat out a majority of the band’s last tour to deal with “an alcohol and Xanax dependency.” In an interview with a radio DJ on Iowa’s Lazer 103.3, Rand described an addiction that was both all-encompassing and hidden, a secret for 8 years. Xanax is generally not supposed to be prescribed for extended periods of time, but due to his fear of flying and the stress of producing high-quality music, he continued to use the drugs, until he hit a mental block during the  ShipRocked tour, and had to return home for help.

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STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand has spoken out about the treatment he received earlier this year for “an alcohol and Xanax dependency” which forced him to sit out the band’s last tour.

Rand last performed with STONE SOUR on the ShipRocked cruise in mid-January before stepping away for what were at the time unspecified issues.

STONE SOUR enlisted a temporary replacement for its Canadian tour, with singer Corey Taylor later saying that Rand would rejoin his bandmates on April 27 at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

Speaking with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3, Josh said that he went to rehab because he had decided that he “needed some help dealing with stuff.” He explained: “Really, it’s been something that I’ve been dealing with… well, one thing for a very long time, which surprised people. Nobody had any idea, but I was… Basically, [I] had been on Xanax for, like, eight years and nobody knew at all.”  Click Here to Continue Reading

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