Eminem has openly discussed his drug addiction and the time he overdosed in a new documentary.
The ‘Recovery’ rapper speaks about his addiction to prescription medicine in a clip from the documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, which was released in selected US cinemas last week and is available via iTunes. You can watch Eminem’s interview from the film by scrolling down the page and clicking ‘play’.
“I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more,” explains Eminem in the two-and-a-half minute snippet.” 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.
His addiction to prescription pills soon took over his life, and he recalls the moment he nearly died after taking an overdose. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything… They didn’t think I was going to make it. My bottom was going to be death,” he says.
During the peak of his drug addiction, Eminem previously revealed that he was taking up to 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin pills a day. In 2007, he overdosed on methadone. “The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin,” he said at the time. “They said I was about two hours from dying.”
The documentary, directed by Matthew Cooke and co-produced with Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier, delves into the seedy drug underworld and features interviews with drug dealers, DEA agents as well as celebrities including 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon.