Macklemore’s candid, honest lyrics connect with his fans and has won him Grammys. And now he’s opening up to mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s Half of Us campaign about his struggle with drugs and alcohol that threatened his career, his relationships and his life.
In the interview, Macklemore shares how he started drinking at a young age and how that evolved into smoking pot and then doing harder drugs. Talking about his experiences with OxyContin he says “Oxy was the most intense drug, and I didn’t even do it for long…but seeing what it did in that amount of time…seeing the grip it had. I remember going outside and just bawling. Like there is no happiness left in my body, in my mind. There’s nothing that’s making me happy, it’s gone.”
Eventually his family helped him seek help and get on the road to recovery. He attributes his sobriety today to getting professional help and being part of a recovery community because “they get it.”
Macklemore also speaks candidly about the very real dangers of drug abuse. Macklemore lost a good friend to an overdose and admits he wouldn’t be here today if he hadn’t gotten help and committed to recovery. He also gives advice for helping a friend who is struggling. He suggests talking to them in a non-judgmental way and asking questions like “Are you happy? Do you feel connected? Do you feel supported?” That conversation and the answer to those questions can be the first step getting professional help for yourself or a friend.
Learn more about the other side of pills and ways to get help at www.HalfofUs.com.
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