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Macklemore on the ‘power’ of sharing the truth about sobriety, including relapses

Macklemore on the ‘power’ of sharing the truth about sobriety, including relapses

The rapper shares his history with "the disease of addiction" and how he got sober.
"There is power in sharing your stories openly and honestly ... it's contagious," Ben Haggerty, best known as Macklemore, said in an essay for TODAY, in which he revealed how he's helping the recovery community with CLEAN Cause.Jake Magraw

Macklemore is the new creative director for CLEAN Cause Sparkling Yerba Mate, a beverage company with a mission to support people in recovery. The partnership comes at a time when alcohol use is rising and overdose deaths are at an all-time high. CLEAN Cause donates 50% of its net profits to help people in recovery, a cause the rapper is passionate about. This is his story.

I first took a drink of alcohol when I was 14 years old. I stole it from my parents’ liquor cabinet, which was above the refrigerator. I had one shot and I wondered what two would feel like. And then I had two and I wondered what four would feel like.

I took 12 shots of vodka by myself. I probably weighed 130 pounds. I ended up on a bus downtown, then in a McDonald’s, where I threw up in a trash can and had to run from the cops. That was my first experience drinking. From the very start, I had the allergy where one wasn’t enough, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. ...

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