Macklemore: Fear Of Losing My Family Keeps Me Sober

By Kelly Burch 05/02/18

“If I stop prioritizing the daily recovery program that I do to maintain sobriety… I will lose it all.”


Rapper Macklemore, who has been an outspoken advocate for people in recovery since getting treatment for opioid addiction, says that the fear of losing his family keeps him dedicated to his sobriety. 

“Addiction. I think that’s the thing that always reminds me I could lose all of this at any minute,” the rapper told Metro News after the recent birth of his second daughter. “If I stop prioritizing the daily recovery program that I do to maintain sobriety… I will lose it all.”

Macklemore’s second daughter with wife Tricia was born in April, but the star had only a short time with his newest addition before he had to hit the road again. 

"It’s strange to spend eight days with my newborn and then to leave and go on tour,” he said. “It’s tough to look at a picture, and I feel like I’m missing something. In a way, I don’t even know my baby yet. I’ve been away from her more than I’ve been there, and it’s hard but FaceTime is a beautiful thing.”

The 34-year-old went to rehab nearly 10 years ago and was treated for addiction to opioids. Since then, he has incorporated his sobriety into his music, and talked openly about the importance of getting into recovery.

In 2016, he produced a video with President Obama that aimed to reduce the stigma around addiction. 

“Addiction isn’t a personal choice or a personal failing. Sometimes it takes more than a strong will to get better,” he said in the video. “It takes a strong community and accessible resources. We have to tell people who need help that it’s okay to ask for it and to make sure they know how to get it.”

Macklemore also talked about the importance of being able to access treatment. 

“If I hadn’t gotten the help I needed, when I needed it, I definitely wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “This doesn’t just happen to other people’s kids or in some other neighborhood. It can happen to anyone.”

More recently, the rapper told Fault magazine that his sudden fame was overwhelming and helped drive his addiction. “I used drugs to cope with it and to get out of my head,” he said. 

Now, the father of two uses his family as motivation to continue the hard work of recovery. 

“It’s bigger than my career and more significant than record sales—it’s my family. It’s my happiness. It’s my life.”

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