You may have seen him in “8 Mile” but you may not have heard of his real name, Marshall Mathers. His fans know him famously as the rapper Eminem. In 2007, he nearly died of an accidental overdose after ingesting Vicodin and Valium.
According to US Weekly, he celebrated 10 years of sobriety on Friday. He was given a much-treasured keepsake as a memento for his accomplishments – a coin, given to Alcoholics Anonymous members when they’ve hit a milestone in their journey.
“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” Eminem, 45, captioned in an Instagram post on Saturday, April 21.
In 2015 he shared his struggle in an interview with Men’s Journal, where he described how damaging his addiction had become. He also shared what he did to correct it.
“In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds,” he said at the time.
“I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating – and eating badly,” he added.
After he checked into rehab in 2008, he learned to refocus his energies by replacing the high that he got from the drugs with exercise. It began to pay off.
“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he said. “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.”
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