The Rap God is now officially twelve years clear of drugs and alcohol, and he decided to share a special moment on social media.
“Clean dozen, in the books! I’m not afraid,” he captioned a photo of his sobriety coin, which is stamped with the number 12 and framed by AA’s three legacies, “recovery,” “unity” and “service.”
Right on cue, fans flooded his post with messages of support, congratulating him on his milestone.
‘So proud of you honey,’ one replied, as an Instagram user said: ‘One day at a time boss…you did tha (sic).’
‘Sooo proud of you big bro,’ another follower posted.
Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, has always been honest about his relationship with drugs, and frequently rapped about taking them throughout his career.
However, the Detroit rap star ended years of addiction to prescription pills Vicodin Valium and Ambien on April 20, 2008.
During the documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Eminem said: “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more.”
He added: “People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say, ‘Get that f***ing person outta here.’ I’m not out there shooting heroin. I’m not out there f***ing putting coke up my nose. I’m not smoking crack.”
The seminal moment in his journey came when overdosed on pills back in 2007, which spurred him on to get the help he desperately needed, checking himself into a rehab programme the following year.
Discussing the overdose in a chat with Men’s Journal in 2015, he confessed: ‘I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. 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 vowed never to touch drugs again, however, he relapsed sooner after.
Eminem then turned to exercise which helped him lose weight and take his mind off his addiction battle.
‘When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,’ he added to the publication.
‘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.’
Congratulations on the milestone, Em.