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Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery

Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery

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Sara Bellum
February 26, 2014

“I wanted to get clean. I knew that my highest potential, the place that I was most spiritual, the place that I was the most rich in terms of my life, and my livelihood, and my art and my creativity, was when I was sober.”

GRAMMY-award winning artist Macklemore is in recovery from drug addiction. In a video for the campaign Half of Us, he tells the story of how he started using drugs, how it damaged his relationships, his journey through recovery, and the pain of losing a friend to a drug overdose.

Half of Us

Half of Us is raising awareness about mental health issues and drug abuse among teens and young adults. Sponsored by mtvU and the Jed Foundation, Half of Us provides facts about depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, and addiction in young people, as well as information about how to seek help.

Additional videos feature Mary J. Blige, Brittany Snow, Pete Wentz, and Billy Corgan—in addition to college students who have suffered from mental health problems or addiction.

www.halfofus.com/video/macklemore/

 

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I know how you feel when you wanna get clean and you dont know who to go talk to. I have been clean for almost 1 month tuesday the 4th of marhc of 2014 i use to smoke weed and meth and im only 15 years old... i just hope i can talk to someone like you about how i got addicted to drugs.... you are like my idol i love all of your music and i hope you can help me out im your #1 fan will you please help me i have all of these cravings i just dont know what to do anymore ...

@Nevaeh, Have you received treatment for your drug use?  If not, you should call 1-800-662-HELP to find a treatment facility near you.  If so, please contact someone in your support network (counselor, doctor, sponsor, or family member) and let that person know you need help.  Good luck.

good luck
If you ever need to talk to anybody, im here i know what you feel and what your experiancing with your body comming off of meth. Its hard the first few months are the worse i have the tendensey to get addicted to anything anybody gives me, for me it was first perscriptions after fataly overdosing and having to go through multipul resedential treatment centers i got addicted to meth and coke, when a boyfriend of mine introduced it to me when he started to deal to supply his habbits ive experiancced probably more than your average 16 year old if you ever need anybody to disguss getting clean or the stuggles ide be happy to help just facebook me :)
Powerful stuff.
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I like MACKLEMORE
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I think taking drugs is the worst trend of our kids generationn.I hate how this is seen to be cool
His music is very inspiring and easy for an addict to relate to
People use drugs in order to feel good but you don't need drugs to feel good because in the long run the drugs will make you feel worse. You have the people who love you and the smiling people of the world to make you feel good. You don't need to have artificial happiness when you have real life happiness only feet away from you.You just need to try a little harder. There are other ways of escape from this wretched world. If you're feeling bad it doesn't mean you have to turn to drugs. What will they to for you? So what if they'll get your mind off of the subject for a couple minutes or an hour. After the artificial happiness wears off you have to deal with the real world. You'll have to deal with the problem again. So instead of giving yourself false hope and false escape deal with the problem yourself. Like Maklamore said, you can never reach your full potential if you're under the influence. The drugs and alcohol will numb you away from what really matters. You will never be able to achieve the full goal or the highest of your ability while under the influence. And thats a guarantee.
my name is mikey whats up
this is so wonderful. i am happy that you got clean buddie
I LOVE YOU MACKLEMORE I TRUST TO STOP PLEASE STOP I LOVE YOU ONE OF YOUR BIGGGEST FANS TAIVIONA

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