How Heavy Metal Guitarist Brian Welch Found Hope After Addiction

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How Heavy Metal Guitarist Brian Welch Found Hope After Addiction

By Movieguide® Contributor

Korn lead guitarist Brian “Head” Welch shared how God transformed his life after a meth addiction on TBN’s PRAISE.

“Jesus breaks chains, and he gets us, unlocks our cage. I was literally in a prison in my mind,” the musician said.

“I’d start going through the suicidal, the thoughts and everything, and so it was a tug of war,” Welch explained.

“When I would get sober for a few weeks or a few months at a time, I didn’t like myself,” Welch said. “And I had a dark cloud come over me, so I was afraid to get sober because I didn’t like the cloud.”

Two rehab centers told the musician that there is little hope for meth users, further discouraging him.

Welch’s life changed completely after some business partners shared the gospel with him. He started attending church, and the pastor told him it didn’t matter if he was on drugs because God would cleanse him.

“When I met Jesus and…gave him a chance to show [me] that he’s real, you hear it all the time, but it actually is true, and it’s like the chains broke,” Welch said. “And the prison opened up, and I came out, and I found my contentment. I found peace, and that cloud couldn’t come after me anymore.”

“I knew that I could fight for my sobriety with him and then walk with him.” He continued, “Just like I toured on drugs and sent drugs to myself all over the world, I knew I was going to walk with Jesus and go set people free with him all over the world.”

Welch still plays lead guitar for the metal band Korn. 

When asked “how he stayed sober while being in his old environment, Welch replied, ‘…I am high on the most high. He’s poured his love into my heart by the Holy Spirit. I traded in my ashes for beauty. I traded in my addictions for relationship, for love,’” Times Reporter wrote.

Movieguide® previously reported on Welch’s testimony:

When he first got into the drugs he expected to keep control over his usage, however, he quickly got to the point that he was unable to quit, even though he wanted to. After his daughter was born, he got serious about getting sober but was told by multiple rehab facilities that they would be unlikely to be able to help due to the extent of his usage.

‘By that time, I was like, ‘I do not want to exist anymore,’” Welch told TBN. “’I’m a shell walking around with nothing of substance inside. And I got all kinds of money in the bank, but I just don’t want to wake up when I go to sleep. I just wish that I could stay asleep.’


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