The 'Rap God' said that it all started to change when he had a near-death experience when he suffered from an accidental overdose back in 2007.
Most musical artists, especially rockstars and rappers party hard and sleep around. They are almost always surrounded by alcohol, women, and lots of drugs, and hence it is not surprising that a lot of celebrities suffer from substance abuse. Many say that the industry drives them towards it and the pressures that come with being famous, or it helps with creativity and what not. Marshall Mathers or Eminem as most people know him was one of them. Before his chart-topping album Recovery, the rapper decided to go clean for several reasons. He recently celebrated 11 whole years of sobriety and has often mentioned that he loves the feeling and has never felt better. The 46-year-old rapper shared his milestone on social media on Saturday posting a photo of the medallion he received for being sober for 11 years. The medallion is stamped with the Roman numeral for eleven, “XI,” and the words “Unity,” “Service” and “Recovery.” Eminem captioned the picture, "11 years - still not afraid." He previously acknowledged his sobriety last year when he hit the one decade mark. During his 10th anniversary of sobriety, he shared a photo on Instagram of him holding onto a similar medallion in between his headlining sets at Coachella.
In an interview with the New York Times in 2010, the rapper revealed that he used to consume around 20 pills a day during the height of his addiction. “I used to get pills wherever I could,” he confessed. "I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me." After almost dying from a drug overdose, the rapper decided to finally clean his act up. The star opened up about his near-fatal overdose on Revival, his ninth studio album that was released in December 2017.
On the song Castle, featuring Skylar Grey, the rapper wrote letters to his 23-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade. In the letters, he apologized to her for the way things went down on her 12th birthday. In the third verse of the song, he revealed how he almost overdosed on methadone and nearly died. “Your dad’s at the end of his rope/ I’m sliding down a slippery slope/ Anyway, sweetie, I better go, I’m getting sleepy … Love, Dad, s—, I don’t know,” he raps. He even mentioned the incident on the very next track on the same album.
On the track Arose, Eminem continued the narrative of Castle by speaking directly to his daughter and apologizing to her from his deathbed. "Just heard they’re unplugging me/ And it’s your birthday/ Jade I’m missing your birthday/ Baby girl, I’m sorry,” he says. Towards the end of the verse, he says, "I’m pledging to throw this methadone in the toilet,” referring to a new beginning. During his interview with The New York Times, Eminem revealed that after the incident he decided to finally go for rehab and work on living a healthier life and in turn, giving his daughters a better life.
Although he did enter rehab, Eminem explained that it wasn't an easy process and the people in rehab made it hard for him to cope with his problems. "I felt like Bugs Bunny in rehab. When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look," he said. "People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem." He later mentioned that his biological daughter Hailie Jade, and his two adopted daughters Lainey and Whitney helped him through sobriety and made sure he never relapsed.
Other than his daughters, exercising helped him a lot, too. "When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober," the rapper told Access Online. "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.” Eminem added, “It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them.”
Eminem visits a rehab counselor on a weekly basis to keep him in check. He hasn't relapsed a single time ever since he quit 11 years back. He is now clean and still making chart-topping music. He recently released an album called Kamikaze which not just turned the entire rap game upside down with the number of shots it took at various other artists but also surprised everyone in the world, showing them that the 'real slim shady' is back and his badass alter ego had nothing to do with the drugs he was on.
He concluded that meeting the counselor on a weekly basis has helped him clear his mind out and given him a new perspective on life. "I think I’ve calmed down a bit," he told The New York Times. "My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be."