Substance abuse is no joke and affects millions of lives every year.

Though it’s extremely easy for any regular citizen to fall victim to disease, addiction, and substance abuse, world-famous celebrities are just as susceptible.

“I didn’t really have any growing up time into getting famous,” said musician Ed Sheeran. “All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly like, substance abuse.”World-Famous Rock Stars Contribute In The Fight Against Substance Abuse

Sheeran spoke with the Daily Mail and opened up about his issues with substance abuse.

Sheeran told the world that he began drinking — heavily — to cope with his physical pain following a motorcycle injury and to deal with the stresses of stardom.

“It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not so [good and] that was a wake up call,” he said.

Even world-famous rockstars need to rely on people to help to combat addiction and not everyone has a massive support group or following. Luckily, roughly 95.4% of Americans participate in some sort of charitable giving. Donating to organizations that help substance abuse victims is a great way to combat this global epidemic.

Rocker Chris Cornell, who died in May after battling substance abuse for years, is helping fight addiction even after his death since he and dozens other musicians donated personal items ranging from guitar straps to leather pants to raise money to fight addiction and provide better recovery and treatment options.

In addition to Cornell, personalities such as Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Iggy Pop also are part of the MusiCares MAP Fund. The MAP Fund is part of the Recording Academy and uses the donated items to help struggling individuals all over the world.

Neil Portnow, CEO and president of MusiCares and the Recording Academy, praised these musicians for their contributions and applauded Cornell as a “legendary, unique, iconic, thoughtful, provocative and the penultimate musical artist.”

The recent collection of 30 items ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 will be auctioned off at a MusiCares benefit in May 2018.

“Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day,” said Viky Cornell, Chris’s wife. “MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.”

If you or anyone you know is going through addiction or depression issues, make sure to get the necessary help. Talk to a professional and seek immediate medical attention if necessary. Approximately 60% of all urgent care centers have a wait time of less than 15 minutes to see a physician and 65% of urgent care facilities have an onsite physician at all-times. These medical professionals can help you or a loved one deal with any difficult conditions or substance abuse problems.

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