French Montana Says He Could Have Saved Mac Miller From Addiction

By Kelly Burch 11/09/18

"If I was around him a couple more nights, I would have made him stop… but he didn’t have nobody that was doing that.”

French Montana discusses Mac Miller's overdose death on Raq's Rants
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Hip hop artist French Montana says that he could have prevented rapper Mac Miller’s fatal overdose by talking to his friend about the way that his drug use was getting out of control. 

Speaking on BET’s Raq Rants, Montana (born Karim Kharbouch) said that Miller “was doing the same thing every other artist was doing out there.”

He suggested that if Miller had someone to give him a reality check—or some tough love—the outcome might have been different. 

“If you’ve seen the video that me and him did, I’m like, ‘Yo, bro, you’re overdoing it.’ But that was him way before,” he said. “Sometimes if people don’t have people that keep them grounded, it can go left. I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do.”

Kharbouch went so far as to say that he could have stopped Miller from abusing drugs and alcohol. 

“I feel like I have people that, if I do something like that, how I was to him like a big brother, like, ‘Bro, you’re bugging out,’" Kharbouch said. "He ain’t have that around him. Because if I did it that night, if I was around him a couple more nights, I would have made him stop… but he didn’t have nobody that was doing that.”

While Kharbouch might want to believe that he could have helped his friend, anyone with firsthand experience with addiction knows that facilitating recovery isn’t as easy as just telling someone to snap out of it. 

“Substances are incredibly powerful and rewarding,” Kevin Gilliland, a clinical psychologist and executive director of Innovation360 Dallas, told Yahoo Lifestyle. “It’s not as simple as someone saying, ‘You need to stop.’”

However, Gilliland says that Kharbouch is hinting at some important ways to help people who are dealing with addiction—including keeping them grounded. 

“That is often a hugely important piece of helping someone fight addiction, it doesn’t always work,” Gilliland said. “One of the most powerful things I’ve seen for someone getting help for an addiction is having meaningful, significant relationships.” 

Talking to someone about their substance use and letting them know that you are concerned is a good idea, he added. However, friends and family members have to realize that this doesn’t always work, and that it could make their loved one angry. 

“They will get angry and defensive, but you have to talk to them,” Gilliland said. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.