Eminem was never shy about his drug-taking. In fact, the 15-time Grammy Award winner has been bragging about the drugs he took since the beginning. By the time the Detroit rapper got to a daily 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin though, the brag of it all bit the dust.
In 2007, Eminem also bit the dust. Almost for good. See, he’d taken a handful of Methadone pills. And the resulting overdose wasn’t pretty.
“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he told Vibe. “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.”
But make it he did; to some even bigger than ever. Relapse came in 2009; Recovery followed in 2010. The latter becoming the best-selling album in the whole wide world.
And Eminem did it all sober.
This past weekend Eminem preceded his closing out the massive Coachella festival with a very simple Tweet:
“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday.”
And if the photo of his A.A. “X" medallion didn’t spell it out; that means ten years sober.
That’s right, Eminem, the one-time Purple Pill-popper himself, has been without drink or drug for a decade. Better yet, the Detroit rapper is not only clean, but he’s still experiencing some of the highest highs of his life. A nice comeback to anyone who doubts the fulfillment to be found in long-term sobriety.
So how does he do it?
“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he told People. “Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect.
"It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them.”
The shot of Em’s Medallion seems to show the superstar has also benefited from a heaping helping of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Is it any wonder why Recovery Boot Camp also so firmly adheres to A.A.’s 12-Step dynamic?