Macklemore on sobriety: “It’s one day at a time”
For most of 2012, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Macklemore’s voice blaring from a car stereo, a DJ set, or the speakers hanging from the ceiling of your local supermarket. “Thrift Shop” was an instant hit, the kind of song that became an anthem for a generation seeking to chart their own path in life and eschew the norms society made them think they had to live up to. With his fur coat and distinctive style, Macklemore not only thrilled fans musically, but also gave them a new role model for unique fashion style. Unsurprisingly, the rapper entered a new stratosphere of fame, becoming one of the biggest stars in the world with a resume of hit song after hit song.
But although from the outset Macklemore may have seemed to be riding a wave of success, his personal life has been one that has seen the star struggle with his own fame as well as alcoholism and drug use. Now sober, the star gets candid about his recovery as he recently spoke to hello america for National Recovery Month, detailing how his journey not only helped him get on the right path in life, but even saved his life.
For Macklemore, it was to his community that he turned for support as he credits their help and unwavering loyalty as fundamental to his recovery. Since fame can often see individuals isolated or pushed into a new social circle that may not be beneficial to their own health and well-being, Macklemore acknowledges the community he had behind him. “There’s this kind of notion that, if you want to be a rapper, you want to be a rockstar, drugs and alcohol go hand in hand, and for me, that was never the case,” he said. -he declares.
As Macklemore put it, his first bottom landed him in rehab in 2008 after he admitted he was “gambling with my life” and misusing a prescription painkiller he had become addicted to. Although he has relapsed several times since then, including most recently during the first summer of Covid-19, he has been sober since and recognizes that recovery can be different at different times in life.
“Something that is so important in recovery is time. What I realized along the way is that it’s one day at a time. This is how I present myself today. I can’t recover from this relapse from two years ago. I also didn’t lose what I had before that,” he said.
“And I think that’s something that we like to fight with the guilt and the shame, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m losing this time, I lost my date. And now, I have to do it, I have a new date. And I have to start over – It’s not starting over, all is not lost. And you haven’t wasted the time you had. You just had a new date. And that’s how I see it.”
Throughout Macklemore’s music, he often addresses themes of addiction, relapse and recovery, but by showing up and sharing his own story without instrumental backing, he hopes to reach more people and show the importance of putting these struggles in the spotlight.
By talking about her own struggles, Macklemore encourages others to open up to share theirs, removing the stigma associated with mental health and therapy. As he explains, “In 2008, the idea of talking about the disease of addiction, as a disease, hadn’t really become mainstream. Mental health, therapy – all those ways that now, today in 2022, are more expressions or ways to ask for help, hadn’t really been discussed publicly and I leaned into it.
“I think when we do that and share openly and honestly, then the stigma goes down and the disease of addiction is put to rest. [momentarily] when we talk about it. »
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction or if you find that drugs and alcohol are a problem, help is available. Contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation on 1300 8585 84, Family Drug Support Australia for Resourcesor LifeLine’s confidential counseling service on 13 11 14.