February 1, 2014

Korn guitarist passing on his story of recovery

In 2005, Brian “Head” Welch was the talented lead guitarist for the Grammy-winning nu-rock band Korn. He was also a single father battling alcoholism and drug addiction when he walked away from the pop rock band he co-founded two decades earlier.

A year later, he became a born-again Christian and now has published multiple books, including an autobiography about his turnaround. Today he is the frontman of the band Love and Death, as well as a powerful speaker on the topic of recovery.

A recent stop was at the La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at a church pastored by the Rev. Ron Watts.

“He'll be talking about his very severe drug addiction and some very troubling times when he was with the band Korn,” Watts said in a report to the Southeast Missourian in advance of the visit. http://www.semissourian.com/story/2047061.html. “It's a very powerful story of life change.”

Watts said the rock star's story is a story of hope. When he speaks, those who have struggled with drug and alcohol use in the past can hear how it’s possible to overcome even the most severe addictions, he said. Those who have not struggled with addiction can still be inspired by his story, Watts said.

“Everyone likes to hear a story of recovery,” he said.


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