Macklemore: "It's Very Important To Go Into The Rooms of AA"

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 29 March 2013. Posted in Celebrities, Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Macklemore Sobriety

Multiplatinum lyricist Macklemore, perhaps best known for his hit Thrift Shop, recently broke his anonymity in a Rolling Stone interview.

In fact, the lyricist of the moment revealed that he struggles to maintain his sobriety while out on the road touring with his music partner, Ryan Lewis.

"It's been a struggle the past year. It's very important to go into the rooms of AA, smell the s**ty coffee and be reminded that without sobriety, I would have no career."

As part of the interview with Rolling Magazine Macklemore allowed reporter Simon Vozick-Levinson to accompany him to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, explaining, "Those (fellow recovering alcoholics) are my peers. I see myself in them. I walked in and a dude was talking and immediately I was like, 'I know exactly what the f**k you're talking about.' I'm reminded of why I can't get f**ked up. And the only way to feel that is to actually work the program."

With that said, Macklemore, otherwise known as Ben Haggerty, has been clean and sober since 2008. "I started working with a sponsor and got a lot healthier. It's been four and a half hour years since I've drank alcohol, four and a half years since I've smoked weed, four and a half years since I've done cocaine."

Way to go Macklemore! Although some may not agree with you revealing your involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous, I applaud your transparency. Your candor and honesty will help so many people.


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Original Article URL: rollingstone

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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