Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety

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Eminem is 11 years sober.

On Saturday, the 46-year-old rapper took to Instagram to commemorate the achievement. “11 years – still not afraid,” he captioned a photo of himself holding his medallion.

“I Was About Two Hours From Dying”
Eminem went to rehab in 2005 to get treatment for his addiction to sleeping pills. After releasing his critically-acclaimed album, Recovery in 2010, he opened up about spiraling out of control again and being hospitalized for a methadone overdose in 2008.

“The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin,” he said in 2011, talking about his overdose. “They said I was about two hours from dying.”

It wasn’t until 2008 that Eminem decided to get sober once and for all. He checked himself into a Michigan rehab center early that year and started begun a 12-step program.

In 2009, he told Vibe, “It’s no secret I had a drug problem. If I was to give you a number of Vicodin I would actually take in a day? Anywhere between 10 to 20. Valium, Ambien, the numbers got so high I don’t even know what I was taking.”

“I Couldn’t Concentrate On My Problem”
The Kamikaze rapper also revealed that rehab was difficult for him, noting that he felt the programs lacked the anonymity he needed that helped others overcome their own demons.

“I felt like I was Bugs Bunny in rehab,” he said. “When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem.”

After his first stint in rehab, Eminem decided to go about sobriety an alternate way. He detoxed in a hospital and returned home, seeking out a counselor and diving into therapy.

Today, he credits his counselor and exercise that helped him. In a 2015 interview with Men’s Journal, Eminem said he replaced addiction with exercise.

“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he explained. “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,” he added. “One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them.”

Last year, Eminem posted his 10-year medallion while he was at the Coachella Festival, and if all goes right, we look forward to seeing his year 12 medallion a year from now.

“I think I’ve calmed down a bit,” he told the Times. “My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.”