Famous American rapper Eminem has been sober for 10 years after a life of drugs and booze nearly sent him to an early grave.
The songwriter and record producer whose real names are Marshall Bruce Mathers III took to social media this weekend, telling the world how excited and lucky he feels to have made it a decade without touching drugs or alcohol.
Wonderful, isn’t it?
Call Eminem the King of Hip Hop and you won’t be mistaken. He is remarkable in the music industry for showing strength against his terrible childhood challenges and difficult rise to stardom.
Still the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200, Eminem was ranked 83rd on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, but he’s celebrating nothing more than sobriety today.
The ‘Lose Yourself’ hitmaker posted a picture of his sobriety coin on Twitter with the caption: “Celebrated my 10 years yesterday (sic)”
Image shows Eminem and Usher Raymond
Eminem, 45, has been very open about his fight with alcohol and drugs addiction. Talking about ditching the bottle and pills, the White America rapper revealed he found inspiration in his three children: Alaina (24), Hailie (22) and 16-year-old Whitney.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was diagnosed of methadone overdose in December 2007 and ended up in hospital. Initial treatments certified him OK but it wasn’t until a relapse a month later that he realized there was an urgent need to decide on life or death.
Eminem chose to face his demons and drop the bad habits.
In his words: “Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died because my organs were shutting down — my liver, kidneys, everything. They were going to have to put me on dialysis…They didn’t think I was going to make it. It was a dead end.
“Within a month I had relapsed … and I was just walking around my house thinking every single day, I’m going to f**king die. I’m looking at my kids, and I need to be here for this.”
At the height of his addiction, the rapper’s weight increased to 230lbs. The change was attributed to his efforts in relieving stomach ache caused by the discomfort he felt from taking drugs such as Vicodin and Valium.
“In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” he said, adding that he wasn’t quite sure why his weight ballooned to 230 pounds until a later time.
“…I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas now…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 left rehab but showed determination in tackling his problems by exercising. Then he found himself addicted to something else – running. Good addiction, right?
“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” Eminem said. “Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So, I started running.
“Exercising gave me a natural endorphin-high. It also helped me sleep. So, it was perfect and proved easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away.”