Eminem has taken to social media to celebrate 11 years of sobriety.
Marshall Mathers shared an image of his sobriety coin on Instagram. The coins are rewarded to Alcoholics Anonymous members and other 12 step programme users after key points in their recovery.
The rapper posted the photo with the caption “11 years – still not afraid”, in reference to his song about his battle with prescription drugs.
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, talking about his 2007 methadone overdose. “They said I was about two hours from dying.”
He also spoke of how Elton John was one of the people who helped him to overcome his addictions.
“He usually calls me once a week to check on me, just to make sure I’m on the up-and-up,” said Eminem. “He was actually one of the first people I called when I wanted to get clean.”
“People would have been like, ‘Oh shit!’ But he thought about how people could get hurt behind this shit because, you know, Eminem’s got very intense and loyal fans, they’re dedicated,” B-Real concluded. “And Everlast does too but at the time Em was like Elvis so to go up against that army right there is an uphill battle but I think if that song had come out it would have shocked some people to hear Everlast going in like he did.”
He added: “I’m just glad Em was willing to listen and that he wasn’t too vexed about the situation where he could have been, ‘Fuck that! It’s gonna end when I want it to end’. Because what do you do after that? You have to let it play out.”