Jordan Peterson Tells Fans He's Back Following Lengthy Treatment For Addiction

Jordan Peterson has returned to tell his fans he's "back" after finishing a lengthy treatment for addiction.

The psychology professor and YouTube philosopher released a new video where he explained his experience of "severely impaired health," due to his use of benzodiazepines.

The 58-year-old began using benzodiazepines, such as Valium, around 2016 before stopping and suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms including neurological damage.

"That's put me in and out of hospitals for much of the past year," he said and explained that he had initially started taking benzodiazepines without giving it much thought. "That was a mistake, to say the least."

Peterson's quest to find specialists and suitable treatment took him on a journey across four countries in what he called "the worst period of [his] life."

He traveled from Connecticut, to Russia, to Serbia and back to his home in Canada.

Peterson said that while his health has improved, it is still "severely impaired."

"I'm alive and have plans for the future," Peterson said thanking his family for their "tremendous support."

"I could sustain myself by producing and then culling through thoughts that were helpful despite my anguish, I suppose, and my lack of hope for the future," he said. "Hopefully much of that is behind me and I can return to something resembling a normal life."

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Jordan Peterson addresses students at The Cambridge Union on November 02, 2018 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Chris Williamson/Getty Images

The YouTube description of the video reads: "I have returned home to Toronto after spending much of the last eighteen months in hospitals. I am hoping that my health has improved to the point where I can start producing original content again. Thank you to all who are watching for your support over the course of this trying time. I hope that you all are coping with the COVID crisis successfully."

In September 2019, Peterson's daughter Mikhaila Peterson said her father was checked into the clinic after experiencing "horrific" physical withdrawal symptoms from trying to take himself off of the drug Clonazepam.

"I've never seen my dad like this," Mikhaila said. "He's having a miserable time of it. It breaks my heart."

In his new video, Peterson said he is looking forward to creating more content.

"I hope that what I produce in the future will, that people will find it, of equal or greater utility," he said. "That's an ambitious hope... but it still seems appropriate, an appropriate goal for my upcoming activities."