Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, took to Instagram to share that he’s now been sober from drugs for 12 years, this after an overdose of methadone became his rock bottom moment. The rapper, 46, shared his milestone on social media Saturday, posting a photo of the medallion he received for being 11 years sober. In July of 2019, Elton John shared a photo to social media of his Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety coin, announcing in the caption he’s been sober for the last 29 years.
Fans were quick to congratulate the rapper, offer encouragement, and share their own stories. The 50-year-old explained how he didn’t believe taking prescription pills put him in the category of being an addict. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. “I was taking so many pills that I wasn’t even taking them to get high anymore. I want to say in a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium.
How Eminem Got Sober
Recorded from 1999 to 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week. The album’s single, “Without Me”, denigrates boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Moby and others. The Eminem Show, certified Diamond by the RIAA, examines the effects of Eminem’s rise to fame, his relationship with his wife and daughter and his status in the hip hop community, addressing an assault charge brought by a bouncer he saw kissing his wife in 2000. Eminem made his debut in the film industry with the musical drama film 8 Mile (2002), playing a dramatized version of himself. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records, a joint venture with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent, D12, and Obie Trice, among others.
He started using them recreationally while on tour, and then they crept into other areas of his life. Not everyone has to do it the same way, however, and no one has to do it alone. In the 2012 documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, the rapper opened up about his struggles with addiction. The rapper then talks about how he never felt he had a problem with drugs as he wasn’t “out there shooting heroin”, but admits he was hooked on Vicodin, Valium and Xanax.
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Eventually, the rapper decided to quit drugs and explained in the documentary that he wanted to be a father to his kids. “The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin… Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he said in an interview with MTV. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.” In the 2013 documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, rapper Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) detailed his struggle with addiction. “When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of ‘Ahh.’ Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn’t feel any pain,” he said.
John’s coin has the phrase “to thine own self be true,” along with the words “unity,” “service” and “recovery” around the roman numerals for 29. Another person wrote, “Ay mad respect for this. This is freaking HARD. As someone who made it ten years sober, this is inspirational.” Announcing another year of sobriety on his personal Twitter page, Eminem shared a picture of his chip celebrating 12 years clean. “Clean dozen in the books! I’m not afraid,” he captioned the snap on April 20. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more.”
Eminem marks 12 years sober with sobriety coin
On the one Eminem posted on Instagram, the token has the Roman numeral ‘X’ in the centre of a triangle – which represents 10 years of being sober. “Celebrated my 10 years sober rappers yesterday,” he wrote alongside the image, in which he held a medallion up to the camera. Eminem celebrated a significant moment in his battle with addiction on Monday.
He knew he needed to lose weight and to find a way to function sober. Thus, he turned to running, which gave him a natural high and helped him sleep at the same time. He’s been sober since 2008, following years of prescription drug addiction. On how he got the drugs, the Lose Yourself hit-maker told Rolling Stone, “When you’re an addict, you find ways. In the beginning, there were doctors who gave me prescriptions — even after I got out of rehab. “All I remember was hitting the bathroom floor and waking up in the hospital,” he said.