If you have been keeping up with the music industry in the past decade, then the name Macklemore will definitely stand out for you. With his partner Ryan Lewis, the iconic rapper has created hit after hit that have taken the Grammy Awards by storm. (You could even argue that the retro hairdo and fur coat were definitely brought back into the spotlight by this group.) Having created multiple singles and still riding the wave of success, though, Macklemore himself feels grateful he is standing where he is today. According to the rapper, his music career was almost shattered by a demon he has continuously put in his lyrics: addiction. Let’s take a closer look at what Macklemore had to say about his terrible problem.

A Drunken Loner

In a special interview for MTV’s “Half of Us” campaign (2014), Macklemore sat down and shared his story about how his sickness took root. As he explains, he took his first drink of alcohol at the age of 13 (or possibly 14), when he was completely alone. Macklemore grimly describes how he took vodka out of his parents’ cabinet and down 12 shots and was fueled by an instinctive effort to keep drinking. During his first year of high school, the rapper smoked pot and suffered from muddle thoughts. At that moment, he realized drugs and booze do not mix well with music.

Music Heals the World

MACKLEMORE EXPLAINS HOW ADDICTION NEARLY DESTROYED HIS CAREERUltimately, Macklemore knew that if he was going to be a musician, he would have to be sober. However, as with many cases of addiction, he would attempt to quit before falling into another relapse. After making hit after hit, he would start drinking again and would suffer severe night sweats as he attempted to withdrawal. Eventually, at the age of 25, he was approached by his father, who urged his son to go to rehab. Now, Macklemore admits that the program saved his life.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism

Hard partying and heavy alcohol consumption do not make a person popular or loved, despite what the drunken people around you may say. Remember, you are much better than the bottle you are holding and can easily regain control, if you are willing to seek out help in the right place. Above all else, love yourself, or you will not find a way to repair your mind and body. With a little patience and perseverance, you will regain your footing on the snowy path to recovery.

If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.