The former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns recently took to his social media account and posted his first message after announcing last month he was heading to rehab to deal with mental health and alcohol issues, and drugs don’t appear to be playing a role.
Johns had publicly announced on March 24 that he’d been in a car accident the day before after becoming “lost” while on the road, and that he’d been suffering from “panic attacks” recently.
“Alongside my therapy, I’ve been self-medicating with alcohol to deal with my anxiety and depression. I know this is not sustainable or healthy,” he wrote last month.
“I have to step back now as I’m self-admitting to a rehabilitation centre and I don’t know how long I’ll be there. Appreciate your love and support as always.”
Daniel Johns provides update
In his first update since entering rehab, Johns today told fans that he was only now realizing the severity of his drinking problem. Here is what he said:
“My drinking had become a bigger problem than I even realised, and how I have used it to help numb a range of deeper psychological issues that I’ve been living with since childhood. Some of these issues you know, and a lot cut much deeper. Alcohol is not medicine. I should never have treated it like it was. I feel like a complete f**k-up and I’m sorry,” began the note, which was transcribed from a phone call with Johns in rehab.
“I take full responsibility for my actions on the evening of March 23rd, I am deeply remorseful and I am working every day to make amends. I am handling these matters professionally and privately. For legal reasons, I am unable to talk specifics on social media or elsewhere until after June 22nd.”
Johns’ drink driving court case has been adjourned to June 22, with the star this week pleading guilty to high-range drunk driving and this could lead to him serve jail time.