Eminem on Saturday marked 10 years of sobriety. The sober 45-year-old rapper took to Instagram to share the news with his 1.6 million followers, posting a picture of himself holding up a 10 year Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) chip, which had the words ‘unity’, ‘service’ and ‘recover’ in a triangle, along with an X in the centre to mark the 10 years.
Fans sent their cheers and well wishes to the rapper, with one writing: “I always knew you could do this! Congratulations on beating those demons and thank you for being alive,” while another said: “Congratulations! I am about to get a 60-day chip!” A third added: “This is incredible!! So proud and inspired. I celebrated four years in March.”
Hello Magazine shared his statement during an interview with Men’s Journal in 2015 after Eminem nearly died from an accidental overdose in 2007, with his addiction meaning he would take up to 20 pills a day.
He said: “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 stomach ache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.” Eminem said that exercise has been something that has helped beat his addiction, adding: “When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober. 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.”