It's 11 years now since Eminem had his last alcohol experience and things have changed for him
The ‘Slim Shady’ rapper recently took to social media to celebrate his 11 years of sobriety. Marshall Mathers had a horrible pill addiction, including prescription medication and Vicodin. Luckily, he has been doing well for a long time and celebrated it with a picture of his medal. But, the road to recovery was not pleasant, and you might be surprised by his strength. Let’s find out more!
A GREAT EFFORT
Eminem posted his hard-earned chip which has the Roman numeral for eleven, “XI”, as well as the words, “Unity”, “Service”, and “Recovery”. The rapper showed his ten-year token last year while at the Coachella Festival, and it was a wonderful reward for a decade of hard work. In 2010, Mathers revealed to the New York Times that he took around 20 pills a day during the worst moments of his sickness.
“I used to get pills wherever I could. I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me.”
One of the hardest parts for the rapper was going to rehabilitation programs as he did not have the necessary anonymity that most addicts need to recover.
“I felt like Bugs Bunny in rehab. When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look," he revealed.
“People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem.”
One of the reasons he worked so hard to recover was his daughters, who helped him maintain his sobriety all this time.
Talking about Hailie Jade, Lainey, and Whitney, the artist said, “I love them so much and they’ve helped me through so many things.” He also said that exercise keeps his endorphins up so that he won’t feel down and tempted to fall from the wagon. Additionally, he continues visiting a rehab therapist, who has helped him work out most of the issues that made him an addict in the first place.
Things are very different for the famous rapper, whose life was depicted in the film ‘8 Mile’.
“I think I’ve calmed down a bit. My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be,”
IT WAS NOT AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in 1972 and rose to fame in the 90s with his second album ‘The Slim Shady LP’. Aside from rapping, he was producing records as well as a secret problem with alcohol and drugs. He once had an overdose that almost killed him but eventually rose from the ashes and got better. He will always be a recovering addict, but Eminem is indeed an inspiration.
The opioid epidemic in the U.S has reached unnerving heights, and young people need to hear that someone like the rapper was able to get up from the bottom and take back his life. Everyone needs to know that these drugs can ruin everything and how harmful they are for us.
THE RABBIT HOLE
Eminem puts his life out there in the lyrics of his songs, and he has never been known for straying away from taboo topics, often causing drama with the release of new albums. Luckily, his openness has actually helped shed some light on the realities of addiction that most people, even scientists, are not able to understand.
Drug dependence is considered a disease by many researchers, but there is still a lot of prejudice regarding the subject. In 2012, the documentary ‘How To Make Money Selling Drugs’ showed Marshall talking about his issues. He was not addicted to illegal substances like crack and heroin, but he relied on those that seem inoffensive to many: prescription.
The rapper was busy because of his bustling career and had very little time to relax. Someone offered him a pill that would make him fall asleep quickly and rest well so that he would be more capable during his waking hours. Unfortunately, it wasn't a one-time thing as the rapper ended up seeking other stuff to help him during his most stressful times.
His choice was Vicodin, which he took at the end of the day to sleep. Mathers said that the pill took his pain away as most opioids are supposed to do. However, he also admitted that he had no idea when the use of the drug became an addiction. His memories of the time are not clear, but the rapper did reveal that he was taking around 20 pills a day at one point.
Aside from addiction, the problem with most drugs is that your body gets used to them and they do not work as effectively with time. This leads people to seek other things, and Eminem started mixing several medications such as Valium, Ambien, and Xanax, along with his Vicodin. He did not believe the people that tried to help him because the drugs were legal.
Mathers believed that addicts used only street substances like cocaine. The rapper didn’t think he had a problem but went to a rehab program in 2005. However, he never lasted long in those and continued taking the pills. In 2006, his best friend DeShaun “Proof” Holton died during an accidental shooting, and he took it pretty hard.
In 2007, he nearly died of an overdose on methadone, which he talked about in his song ‘Arose’ from the album ‘Revival’, and in ‘Déjà vu’ from ‘Relapse’. The rapper stated that if he had gotten to the hospital a bit later, he would be dead. His organs were already malfunctioning, and doctors did not think he would make it.
He fell off the wagon once again just one month after getting out of the hospital. However, his children inspired him to change as they needed him alive. The rapper took things seriously this time, working with a counselor and going through a detoxification. The process was so hard for him that he could not sleep for three weeks.
He had to learn how to do things normally again and how to be content without adding a substance to the mix. After leaving rehab, he weighed around 230 pounds, and he started running to lose the weight as well as learn how to live without drugs. Fortunately, exercise got him the high he needed. The rapper believes that he has an addict’s brain; so, exercise became his new addiction.
Marshall ended up taking his workouts too far, running for 17 miles on the treadmill or for eight and a half miles outside his house. That can become unhealthy quickly. He ended up injuring his hip flexors, but after recovering, Mathers tried different kinds of routines like Shaun T’s Insanity, P90X, and Body Beast. In the end, he reached his target weight of 149 pounds without killing himself.
Recovering is hard, but it is possible. You need support from loved ones, a good program, and the will to do better. Let us know what you think about Eminem’s recovery journey. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who might be inspired by his story. See you next time!