Korn's Jonathan Davis Kicks Drugs

He's clear of his anti-anxiety medication after a long battle against "benzos." Will the change affect his songwriting?

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has come off anti-anxiety drugs, after a three-year battle against withdrawal from prescription drugs.

He said his problems with his "benzos" addiction was enhanced by hearing news of his son's diabetes diagnosis.

"I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox off of benzos," he told Metal Hammer radio (via Blabbermouth). "I was fighting having seizures, I was shaking all the time - I couldn't think.

"My baby had diabetes and I was like, 'Oh my god, he's going to lose his feet and go blind.' Music has always been my savior, but I wasn't having. I don't know where I was, honestly."

In a separate interview, Davis told the Pulse of Radio that he had to clear his addiction before he would be able to start writing again. "There was some music being written, but during that time when I kicked it, up until the point I got in the studio with the guys, I couldn't even function," he said. "The thing about benzos are they wire your brain differently, so once you stop, your brain has to rewire itself back to normal and it takes time. So I couldn't even concentrate to do that."

Fortunately for Davis, he managed to kick his addiction in time to work on their new album "The Paradigm Shift" which is out on October 8.

Do you think Davis' addiction affected Korn's songwriting in recent years? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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    Not a fan of Korn, but it's always a struggle to kick drugs, good for him! I wish him the best.
    Really UG? I come here lead by your interesting title, and am disappointed. In nowhere in this article is a picture or a video of Jonathan Davis kicking a bag of drugs. Another example of a blatantly misleading title
    you are an ignorant ****ing tool sir/madam.....Diabetes does NOT just happen because of weight issues (especially for those with type 1), I have type 1 diabetes (the "worst" one if there is such a thing), and I've had it for over 20 years, and I am RAIL SKINNY and pretty well have been my whole life. To see a statement like this makes me truly believe that intelligent life is dying off on this planet, the kid could have probably been eating a crazy-healthy diet and is just genetically predisposed to develop the condition, which is what happened with me Go do us all a favor and either a) Read some text on Diseases and genetic disorders before you go and troll like this, or b) go give your head a shake after you get the **** off the internet either way, you're an ignorant ****, and I am done this rant
    AMEN! I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 10 years, and it is a disease that a lot of people don't understand at all! Though, it is extremely common!
    Having experienced anti-depressant withdrawals before, I definitely understand how difficult it can be to quit a drug randomly. Your body just has to completely reboot. Good for him getting over it.
    It's tough to come off anti anxiety drugs , I suffered Post Traumatic Stress when I came back from Afghanistan , getting through it was easier with the meds , but coming off the meds was even harder in some ways . It's something many that many firemen , paramedics and armed service personel struggle with everyday . Good on you Johnathan , not a fan of the music , but peeps are peeps , and your kids are your kids ,
    Guy you should read up on diabetes before you open your mouth next time. There'es Type II where you have insulin resistance which can be controlled by diet, and Type I where part of the pancreas died and is no longer producing insulin to keep you alive anymore. Now if you'll excuse me I have someone that needs an insulin injection.
    The only person I know with type 1 is actually in decent shape. People forget that there are different kinds.
    Drugs are always bad for a human. Apparently not for their music though.
    Drugs are not always bad. Closed-minded generalisations are always bad. That and ironic comments.
    *Drugs are always bad for a human in excess Let's be honest, even marijuana has effects like that. You know when you're talking to a pothead just from the slur in their voice. Once in a while does minimal to no harm, but all drugs have the potential to cause issues.
    I find the whole drug talk ironic when you speak of Marijuana and your name is gateway. lol
    Do I think drugs have affected korn's songwriting??? Have you heard The Path of Totality??? Other than that, I think it's super cool that he's not doing them anymore! I wonder if Head had anything to do with this??? :O
    Withdrawing off of Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium) can be extremely dangerous. Like alcohol, you can have seizures, and if you are addicted bad enough you can die. I hope he had proper medical help. They give those things for anxiety and to sleep. If he stays off of them he will be the JD I remember from Korn's early days. Benzos make you mellow.