- October 25, 2021
Macklemore says rehab saved his life: ‘I used to be about to die’
The 37-year-old rapper not too long ago appeared on Talib Kweli’s podcast, Folksâ€™s Social gathering, and opened up about his time recovering from dependancy.
“If it wasnâ€™t for my pops having the ten or 12 [thousand dollars] that it was once I first went to therapy and [his ability] to spend that on me, Iâ€™d be f–king useless,” Macklemore defined, per Yahoo! Leisure. “I wouldnâ€™t be right here proper now.”
He added: “Thatâ€™s to not be f–king dramatic, thatâ€™s simply what it’s. I used to be about to die.”
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The star went to rehab in 2008 to deal with dependancy to medication and alcohol. Following the success of his 2013 album “The Heist” and subsequent rise in fame, the artist, born Benjamin Haggerty, relapsed, as he revealed to Advanced, based on Rolling Stone.
Macklemore stated that he’d be ‘useless’ if it weren’t for rehab. (Photograph by Sam Wasson/Getty Pictures for iHeartMedia)
“I used to be fortunate sufficient to go to a facility for 30 days,” Macklemore stated within the podcast. “Folks donâ€™t know thatâ€™s OK to go to therapy.”
Yahoo experiences that the musician has struggled with OxyContin and first drank when he was in his early teenagers.
After getting sober, Macklemore stated he got here throughout a fellow rapper who was weighing whether or not to go public together with his personal sobriety.
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“He was having that inner dialog like, â€˜What do I do now?â€™ My entire s–t is [about] sipping lean and smoking Backwoods [Cigars]. How do I nonetheless stay related?â€™” the “Thrift Store” rapper recalled. “Itâ€™s a large number, however whatâ€™s extra of a large number is f–king dying.”
He additionally stated that his dependancy wasn’t clear to him earlier than in search of out rehabilitation.
Macklemore went to rehab in 2008. (Photograph by Isaac Brekken/Getty Pictures for iHeartMedia)
“I went for years like, â€˜Why can I not f–king cease? Why can I not drink and smoke like my pals? Why, once I get up, thatâ€™s the very first thing Iâ€™m enthusiastic about and I’ve to go get, and different individuals can simply do it on the weekend or 3 times every week?â€™” he remembered pondering.
These days, he is again on observe and is completely satisfied to share his story and struggles publicly.
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“There’s a therapeutic worth of 1 addict to a different sharing their expertise, power and hope,” he stated. “That has saved my f–king life and continues to save lots of my life.”