There is an epidemic starting in Madchild‘s hometown of Vancouver. Rather than ignore it from his new home in West Hollywood, he is telling his story to everyone who will hear it. It is Madchild‘s goal that his story will drive people away from addiction.
The rapper, who is originally from Vancouver, told CBC News he lost more than $3 million dollars and nearly died because of his addiction to painkillers. The addiction began during a show in Kelowna in 2006, he said.
Madchild said his addiction to Percocet, a combination of acetaminophen and Oxycodone, started off “innocent.”
“When you mix it with beer, it’s a very euphoric feeling and I thought I had found the answer — something that was harmless but made me feel incredible,” he said.
But he went from taking painkillers a few times a week to as many as 20-80 a day, eventually costing him more than $3 million dollars over the course of four years.
“It seemed harmless and beats any other type of feeling at first,” he said. “But there’s no happy ending to trying painkillers.”
“I not only lost everything, I got into debt. Without my family’s help I wouldn’t be here today.”
He said the recent spate of overdoses linked to Fentanyl, which police say is often mixed with recreational street drugs because it’s cheap and accessible, makes him angry.
“It’s tragic….there’s no way to tell if it’s real or not. The things that were called drugs back in the day are no longer that drug,” he said.
“Putting that pill in your mouth is like gambling — like taking poison —it’s going to kill you.”
Sober for four years
Madchild, who now lives in West Hollywood, said he has been sober for four years now and feels ‘grateful.’
“I had to walk away from 99% of the people I was hanging out with to save my own life,” he said.
“Everyday is a gift.”
His album Dope Sick has been credited by MANY people to have save their lives. I am one of them. In the song Painful Skies off of Silver Tongue Devil, Madchild reflects on his addiction and his journey away from it. He reflects on past relationships and being forced to move on from them.