One of the hardest things to do as an addict is ask for help. The stigma surrounding addiction still deters people from admitting they’re struggling. But YBN Nahmir has found the strength to admit he’s not only battling an alcohol addiction but to also reach out for assistance.
On Monday (March 21), the Young Boss N-gga co-founder shared several tweets outlining what’s he’s experienced over the last three years.
“Alright y’all, I feel like it’s best for me to just get this out my system,” he wrote. “For 3 years I’ve been struggling with an alcoholic addiction. I’ve changed so much due to it, & not in the right ways. I’ve pushed so many of my love ones away & the people I care about because of it…I’ve constantly tried to slow down / stop myself from drinking, but it’s not easy at all. This year I want a new challenged & the challenge is for me to get clean.
“I never knew addiction was this hard. Before hand it was easy for me to block it out, but now it’s taking a toll..It’s just been a lot going on in my life behind close doors that I leave off the internet. The only thing I wanna do now in life is get help, therapy or even rehab. To feel like myself again & get my family back. I’m sorry y’all. I slipped.”
Alcohol and/or drugs have claimed the lives of multiple rappers over the past several years. From Juice WRLD and Mac Miller to Lil Peep and A$AP Yams, there’s been no shortage of tragedies.
During a recent interview with HipHopDX, Juice WRLD’s mother Carmela Wallace spoke about the stigma of addiction and why she believes it’s so difficult for people to admit they have a problem.
“I think it shows a weakness,” she said of the ongoing stigma. “People may see it that way. Something that you’re not in control of, something that … and you have to humble yourself to ask for help, as well. I think it just depends on the situation. Some people, it may be a trust issue. Some people, they’re not comfortable sharing like that. So I think it’s a myriad of issues, why that stigma is attached to it. But I think if you could do it where you don’t have to identify yourself, I think that just makes it a lot easier for somebody to come forward.”
As the founder of the non-profit Live 999, Wallace is working tirelessly to de-stigmatize addiction and normalize asking for help.
“A lot of people think that they’re the only ones going through what they’re going through and we know that’s not the case,” she added. “So it’s just a way that somebody could you even look at someone’s story that they shared, and it might be similar, they could relate to it and see that, ‘Hey, if they overcame it, I could overcome it. I’m not alone.’
“And I think that’s a trick of the enemy to have people feel like they’re the only ones going through, nobody understands, and it causes them to go within themselves instead of sharing that they need help.”