When I was 25, my dad asked me a simple question that ended up changing my life. He asked me if I was happy. At that point, my drug addiction had led me to a place of deep depression and self-hate. I couldn’t get away from the shadow that opioids had cast over my life. My love for making music was gone. My relationships with friends and family were strained at best, and permanently damaged at worst. I spent most of my time in my room with the blinds drawn. The world that I once loved was going on outside without me.
“Are you happy?” The answer was simple, yet the process to attain this estranged happiness seemed impossible in that moment. It took my dad’s question to make me realize how far gone I really was. That act of love and compassion saved my life. After years of trying to get sober on my own, I went to rehab.
That was 10 years ago. Since Macklemore got sober, the singer, rapper and activist has become a household name. He’s also become a marquee example of what can be accomplished when compassion collides with recovery.
“My parents’ willingness to show up for me and offer me the chance to go to rehab came from a place of love rather than judgement,” continues Macklemore, in the Time Magazine feature. “It’s that kind of compassion our country needs to fight the current opioid crisis.”
We at the Schnellenberger Family Foundation couldn’t agree more. That’s why we bring families into the process with every client at our affiliated Recovery Boot Camp. And it’s why we’ll continue to bring together families so long as there’s a need.
“One way to help people get their lives back together is to give addicts and their families a platform to share their stories,” sums up the recovered superstar. “Because that’s how we’ll learn compassion for this issue and each other.”
We here at the Schnellenberger Family Foundation would like to add one thing to that sentiment: “Here! Here!”