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.”
49 responses to “Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety”
Congrats! But don’t let it get to your head.
As a Friend of Bill’s 34+ years I’ve always held that a man is not to be congratulated too much for not getting drunk and high all the time and blowing up his life and that of those around him.
Keep coming back. 🙂
This is really awesome. Congratulations on 11 years ! My only problem with it is that he never stated he had an alcohol problem. Why not give it up for NA ?
Doesn’t make him any less of a dbag.
Knowing him, he probably made it up for attention.
really? do you know him? Are you perfect? Give people credit where credit is due! This is what’s messed up with the world people like you!
No credit for somebody who’s as big of a dbag as this guy. That terrible trait overshadows anything else because he’s such a big one.
He didn’t sign an autograph for you, Stan?
Brah if u dont like the shit delete his shit or w.e no need to bash his cuz in YOUR OPINION he’s a douche I think ur an ugly sack of shit but i ain’t complaining being sober for that long is a huge thing if anyone Is a fucking douche bro it’s you is gtfo with ur dumb shit
Millions of people are sober every day. Whoopedeedoo.
Also, are you pissed because I’m right? He’s a horrible person, his music is for shit, and all he does is whine about other artists. Pretty insecure if you ask me.
Your attitude also solidifies it. You obviously think that piece of waste matter is some kind of role model.
Now take the mirror and turn it around, then find your biggest weakness. What you’ll find staring back at you is the same as everyone on the planet. A flawed human being. Welcome to humanity should you decide to join.
Nope. Definitely not as bad as dbag Em.
Just because he tries for an attention grab doesn’t mean he automatically gets a pass for his deplorable attitude nor does it mean it’s automatically erased.
Still a major tool.
Calling someone else a Dbag doesn’t make you any less of one either.
I know you just about as much as you know him and you’re probably commenting on here for attention ??♂️
This is so awesome! I’ll have 20 years on October 28th! I know how hard he’s worked! Way to go Marshall ?
It’d be nice to celebrate 11 years of good music.
Says the guy who probably has 0 talent ????
Your insecurity is showing
Congratulations! I’ve been sober since 1983. I thank God for every day.
Congratulations that is quite impressive, 11 years! Keep up the good work!
I am so proud of you. I lost my son, 6/19/17. A herion overdose. You keep the the good fight, so maybe you can help others.
Melanie, my heart goes out to you…
The really cool!
You have done an awesome job. Getting sober/clean is a hard challenge. I’m 15 years clean and 10years sober. Keep fighting you can ride as far as you need to. So proud of you, take care you. Much love
Blatantly breaking the AA traditions this man is dripping with ego and even if it OK to publicly tout your membership of 12 step group he would still be a bad example.
Oh shut up. Let him celebrate something that changed his life for the better.
Changed his life for the better…..yes However changed his music & art for the worse.
It is totally ok you disclose your anonymity on the internet and share a medallion. The article even stated he’s not a member of AA. These medallions are everywhere these days.
You are wrong, it makes others realize that if Marshall Mathers can do it, then so can they. Some need to be inspired, and this definitely gives inspiration.
It’s only Anonymous if you choose it to be. BILL N BOB were old school. Why it was said to be anonymous. If he wants to bloat! Brag! Tell the world so be it! It’s not any of OUR business how he does his program.
Maybe you need to take a look in the mirror, my friend.
You ain’t got much serenity, bruh.
I don’t think he broke any tradition, he didn’t mention either 12 step group by name, people like you who find fault with everything people do that you don’t agree with is what’s really wrong, you are actually the bad example sir.
You dont know tradiiton 11. Meeting maker.
He’s not promoting AA. He’s sharing his own recovery. If that provides hope to others who might check out 12 steps programs, that is a good thing.
I ve only been sober a little less then 2 years but I feel great hope yo keep staying strong
I’m turning that page every day too… everyday without all the rage…13 months of being clean…ty Marshall for always saying what u mean and living ur dream…
Way to go Em – glad to hear it.
Excellent Marshall! I’m so proud of you, and I’m a 71 yr old gramma, who had years of addiction in the past. It really is worth it!
Well that’s a lot of years!! Awesome. Glad for you!! We all have to live our own lives. Feeling healthy is the best.
I’ll have 1 year next month it’s beautiful on the sober side of the bottle
Congratulations! I’m proud of you and I’m sure many fans are. I have 29 years and I still see that time in the back of my mind. When I’m down, I think about that and I get real. There are no options but not just staying sober, but to live a life of sobriety.
Well done you
14 years for me! Keep up the great work and welcome to 12!
Keep coming back. And always remember alcohol is a drug. 11 years is awesome 1day@atime. If tou can recover from substance abuse just imagine all the other unmanageable stuff you can recover from. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. Im living my best life!
good job, do it again tomorrow
Very cool. My DOS 7/3/98!
The first 10 is the hardest.