Eminem is celebrating 16 years of sobriety after his near-fatal drug overdose

Eminem is celebrating 16 years of sobriety after ‘almost dying’ from a drug overdose in 2007.

The 51-year-old rapper was battling an addiction to prescription drugs when he overdosed in December 2007.

Eminem began struggling with addiction while filming 8 Mile (Universal Pictures)

Eminem began struggling with addiction while filming 8 Mile (Universal Pictures)

Eminem’s addictions all started when he was filming the 2002 movie, 8 miles.

He has previously admitted that he ended up using drugs such as Vicodin, Valium, Ambien and Methadone.

“We were on set for 16 hours and you had a certain window where you had to sleep,” he told Rolling Stone. in 2011.

“One day someone gave me an Ambien, and it freaked me out. I thought, ‘I need this all the time.'”

He has since credited music with saving his life, explaining that he almost died when he overdosed.

At the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, he said, “I realize what an honor it is to be here tonight, and what a privilege it is to make the music I love.

“Music actually saved my life…I’m going to keep this as painless as possible, I stutter and stutter. I’m probably not supposed to be here tonight because of some issues.” reasons.

“I almost died of an overdose in 2007, which was horrible.”

It’s been sixteen years since the near-fatal overdose and on Saturday (April 20), Eminem took to social media where he shared a photo of a chip labeled ’16’ and ‘unit’, ‘service’, ‘recovery’.

The chip is important because it is believed to represent the number of years the rapper has been drug-free.

Meanwhile, the three legacies of AA are restoration, unity, and service.

While some questioned the meaning of the chip on X, others were quick to explain.

One wrote: “It’s an AA medallion for 16 years of sobriety.”

While another said: “AA sobriety medallion. 16 years clean and sober!!”

And a third added: “A big compliment to him for fighting the fight for 16 years and for being here to inspire others.”

“Congratulations brother, that’s a huge achievement. Keep up the good work man,” said a fourth.

Eminem has been sober for 16 years (X/@Eminem)

Eminem has been sober for 16 years (X/@Eminem)

Eminem has also talked about his addictions in much of his music.

In two songs, “Castle” and “Arose,” the rapper explains his brush with death and the impact it had on his family.

In “Castle,” the “Real Slim Shady” rapper says, “I can’t stand it, they can take this fame back, I don’t want it / I’m putting out this last album, then I’m done / One hundred percent done, I I’m tired of it / I’m hanging it up, f**k it.”

The song highlights the rapper’s struggle to deal with fame after being killed by Dr. in 1997. Dre was discovered.

He further hints at an overdose: “If things get worse, don’t take this letter I wrote / As a farewell note / Because your father is at the end of his rope / I’m sliding down a slippery slope / Anyway darling / I better go, I’m getting sleepy / Love, Dad… s**t, I don’t know.”

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