Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery

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Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour.

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“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.


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Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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