One other milestone down! Eminem celebrated 12 years of sobriety on Monday, April 20.
“Clear dozen, within the books! I’m not afraid,” the rapper, 47, captioned a photograph of his new Alcoholics Nameless coin by way of Instagram, referencing the title of his single “Not Afraid.”
Eminem cowrote and recorded the track in 2010 to share the story of his street to restoration. The inspirational lyrics included, “I simply can’t hold livin’ this manner / So startin’ at this time / I’m breakin’ out of this cage / I’m standin’ up, I’mma face my demons / I’m mannin’ up, I’mma maintain my floor / I’ve had sufficient, now I’m so fed up / Time to place my life again collectively proper now.”
Later within the monitor, the 15-time Grammy winner revealed that it was his “resolution to get clear,” though he “most likely did it subliminally for” his daughters, Alaina, 26, Hailie, 24, and Whitney, 18.
Eminem battled an habit to pharmaceuticals for a number of years, beginning when he filmed the 2002 film eight Mile and took Ambien after working lengthy days on set.
“I used to be taking so many capsules that I wasn’t even taking them to get excessive anymore,” he recalled to Rolling Stone in 2011. “I used to be taking them to really feel regular. Not that I didn’t get excessive. I simply needed to take a ridiculous quantity. I wish to say in a day I might eat wherever from 40 to 60 Valium. And Vicodin … possibly 20, 30? I don’t know. I used to be taking lots of s–t.”
The Detroit native was hospitalized in December 2007 after overdosing on methadone in his lavatory. Quickly after, he began attending church conferences to get clear and enlisted Elton John as his AA sponsor.
“[Elton] had a substance abuse drawback up to now. So once I first needed to get sober, I known as him, as a result of he’s any person within the enterprise who can relate to the approach to life and the way hectic issues may be,” Eminem advised the Detroit Metro Occasions in 2009. “He understands, like, the strain and every other causes that you simply wanna provide you with for doing medicine. I reached out to him and advised him, ‘Look, I’m going by means of an issue and I would like your recommendation.’”
John, who has been sober since 1990, has additionally spoken candidly about his friendship with Slim Shady. In his 2019 memoir, Me, the “Rocket Man” singer, 73, wrote, “Each time I ring to verify in on him, he at all times greets me the identical means: ‘Hi there, you previous c–t,’ which I suppose could be very Eminem.”