Eminem has revealed that he’s been sober for 10 years.
The rapper uploaded a pic to social media of his sobriety coin – something that’s rewarded to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programme users after key points in their recovery – with the caption: ‘Celebrated my 10 years yesterday’.
He’s been sober since 2008, following years of prescription drug addiction.
Celebrated my 10 years yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Xmm9MOIEam
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 22, 2018
Fans were quick to congratulate the rapper, offer encouragement, and share their own stories.
Just heard @eminem is ten years sober, that is amazing. Such an achievement. ❤
— Belle 🌹🌸 (@Ire_vegan) April 20, 2018
Shout out to @Eminem who’s 10 years sober this week.
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) April 21, 2018
That's an excellent achievement congratulations, After seeing your post I've just worked out that this year I am 17 years clean . To all on this journey keep at it you can and will kick it's ass !!!
— bex meakin (@whippy001) April 22, 2018
Back in 2011, Eminem spoke out about how the prescription drug Ambien caused him to lose huge chunks of his memory, saying it gave him a four year long stretch of writer’s block.
During the peak of his drug addiction, he revealed that he was taking up to 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin pills a day.
“The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin,” he said in 2011, talking about his 2007 methadone overdose. “They said I was about two hours from dying.”
In 2013, he opened up about his previous addictions in documentary ‘How To Make Money Selling Drugs’, which delves into the seedy world of dealing narcotics.
“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 film.
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.
As well as cuts from his latest album ‘Revival’, Marshall Mathers invited friends and collaborators from throughout his career to duet.
He also brought a pop-up of ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’ to the festival, after opening a restaurant inspired by the lyrics to his hit ‘Lose Yourself’ in Detroit last year.
- For help and advice with addiction in the UK, visit the Action On Addiction website. In the US, you can visit Shatterproof.