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Helping the City Heal: Lil Durk Is Set to Open a Rehab Facility in Chicago

Lil Durk is changing the game in a big way. The rapper has unveiled plans to open a rehab facility in Chicago after his battling his own demons.


Jul. 3 2024, Published 3:53 p.m. ET

Hip-hop superstar Lil Durk is using his platform to make major changes in the community, and he’s starting in his hometown of Chicago. The Grammy-winning rapper, known for hits like “All My Life” and “Old Days,” is channeling his influence and resources into impactful projects that are important to him.

One of the key initiatives spearheaded by Durk is his Neighborhood Heroes foundation, which focuses on empowering underprivileged youth and supporting families in need. The foundation provides a range of services, including educational scholarships, job training programs, and resources for families affected by gun violence​. Through partnerships with local schools and community organizations, the organization has helped students access higher education and vocational training.

Lil Durk's charity work also includes the renovation and revitalization of community centers in Chicago. These centers serve as safe havens for teenagers and families, offering after-school programs, sports activities, and support services. Additionally, the rapper hosts annual turkey drives and toy giveaways to assist families in need.

Now, Durk is tackling another issue. The rapper announced plans to about a rehab facility in the Windy City after battling his own substance abuse problems.

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Rapper Lil Durk performs during Morehouse & Spelman College Homecoming 2023

Lil Durk plans to open a rehab in Chicago.

In an interview, Durk revealed that he completed a rehab program to overcome his addiction to Codeine and Xanax. During his rehabilitation, he experienced significant personal growth and a renewed sense of purpose, which inspired him to help others facing similar challenges.

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“I’m thinking clearer. My main goal is peace, being with the family, and staying out of b******t,” Durk said (via TMZ), adding, “I was moving fast, making excuses. I was letting the drugs take over me — like the codeine, Xanax. But it don’t make me.”

The “Broadway Girls” rapper went on to open up about his plans for the future, which include creating a rehab center and support programs for Chicago residents struggling with drug addiction.

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“This for the youth or the older people who wanna do better and feel like they embarrassed or like people gonna talk about them. Because if I do, they’ll do it,” Durk said. “In Chicago, I wanna build one [a rehab facility] because I know what it did for me. I know it could help a lot of people.”

Durk said he plans to partner with media members and local politicians to help rebuild O-Block and other underserved neighborhoods.

Lil Durk has always been honest about his battle with addiction.

Lil Durk has never shied away from discussing the horrors of substance abuse. He rapped about his drug use in the song “Internet Sensation,” admitting that he was a “junkie.” “And I got a habit, and I like that you don’t judge me / And that’s so f**ked up that I’m glad to be a junkie,” Durk raps.

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Lil Durk performs during iHeart Powerhouse 105.1 at Prudential Center.

He also spoke about his addiction in a 2020 interview with Genius, revealing that he used to consume copious amounts of lean and Percocets. “I used to take a lot of percs and sipped a lot of lean. We don’t look at weed like I’m a junkie, but you look at like pills and sh**t like that and I was heavy on it, even if it was off camera,” he said.

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