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Pete Wentz’s Road to Recovery


Pete Wentz, bassist for the hit band Fall Out Boy, is now in recovery after struggling with anxiety and pill addiction for four years since 2009, after his band took a break and his now ex-wife, Ashlee Simpson called it quits in 2011. The rejuvenated rocker opened up about his personal life and his return to the stage with his band in Rolling Stone‘s May 23rd 2013 issue.

When Fall Out Boy took its leave of absence from the music scene in 2009, life became quite challenging for Pete Wentz. He lost his daily purpose of getting up and making music. He began regularly abusing two different prescription medications used primarily for anxiety, Xanax and Klonopin.

Wentz revealed:

“I was probably physically and mentally addicted. It started from insomnia and anxiety from flying, then it spiraled. I felt like a loser already. I’d basically gone from being the guy in Fall Out Boy to being the guy, who, like, hangs out all day. I didn’t see how I’d ever come out on the other side.”

The 33-year-old bassist also revealed how his addiction to Xanax and Klonopin became greater after his 2011 divorce with Ashlee Simpson. Along with the growing addiction also came immense paranoia. He stated:

“I was scared of everything. I thought there were always people listening to me. Like, I had my house searched for bugs. It was crazy.”

Fortunately, through therapy, Pete Wentz has found treatment for his addiction. In addition, he’s also very happy with 24-year-old model and girlfriend, Meagan Camper.

As parent to a 4-year-old son, Bronx, Wentz strongly believes that fatherhood saved him, stating, “You’re up in the morning, and you have to really be there. It’s not like getting up for a radio interview.  In some ways, that was super helpful for my soul.”

Fall Out Boy is now back on the scene after their four-year hiatus with an upcoming tour, Save Rock and Roll, which begins May 14. This too should bring enjoyment and happiness back to Wentz’s life, making his recovery even stronger.

Work Cited

  1. Brunati, Bryan. “Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz Talks Pill Addiction.” HaveUHeard. HaveUHeard. 9 May 2013. Web. 14 May 2013.



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