French Montana has opened up about how Mac Miller’s death made him deal with help for his own addiction problems.
Miller passed away on September 7th, 2018, and a coroner’s report deemed the death accidental overdose after a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol was found in his system. Those who supplied the rapper with the fatal drugs have since been sentenced.
In a new interview with the PEOPLE Every Day podcast, Montana, opened up about his struggles with addiction. He explained how teaming up with Guardian Recovery Services and NAQI Healthcare aims to provide supervised in-home detox programs for those looking to get sober.
“[Mac Miller’s death] touched me because I’m in that space and I consider these artists as my brothers and my family,” French said. “And when we lose one, it’s like damn near losing part of us. You can’t shake it off yourself, because it’s dangerous,” he said. “I’m very excited and very happy that we can cure people, especially in the comfort of their homes. A lot of people are private.”
He continued: “When you go through your problems, you want to stay private and you want to be taken care of wherever you’re comfortable. We want to help people stay alive as much as we can, wherever they’re comfortable.”
“[Mac Miller’s death] touched me because I’m in that space and I consider these artists as my brothers and my family,” French said. “And when we lose one, it’s like damn near losing part of us.”
The rapper added: “It was just overdoing something for too long. And, to the point where, now sober is becoming my new high. People were saying I was out of control. Not me, you know what I’m saying?”
“I stepped back, took two steps back, didn’t drop no music, detox from social media,” he said. “And I think that was like the hardest thing I ever did in my life, to snatch myself back. So, for me to stop everything and just step back, that was like one of my biggest accomplishments.”
Listen to the full podcast below.