Is Eminem in Recovery from Drugs?
Since Eminem (Marshall Mathers) first emerged as one of the nations’ most beloved mainstream rappers in 1988, he has consistently made national headlines for several reasons – the most infamous being his struggles with substance abuse. Eminem has always made his sobriety public, beginning with his battle with prescription painkillers (that began while he was filming the major motion picture “8 Mile”) and his subsequent stint in addiction recovery.
The American rapper released a documentary detailing his addiction titled, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” in 2012. In the film, he explained to director Matthew Cooke that a dangerous combination of prescription medications including Valium and Xanax landed him in the hospital in critical condition. He noted that his vital organs were shutting down rapidly, and that had he not been admitted the moment that he was, his condition could have easily proved to be fatal. Fortunately, Eminem pulled through and began his journey of addiction recovery – one that ultimately saved his life.
In a 2013 interview with MTV, Eminem explained how difficult early recovery had been for him. “Coming off everything, I was literally up 24 hours a day for three weeks straight,” he said during the interview. “And I mean, not sleeping, not even nodding off for a f—–g minute. I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It’s been a learning process, I’m growing. I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody ‘It does get better.'”
Is Eminem Sober Today?
Not only is Eminem still sober to this day, but in April 2020, the rapper celebrated 12 consecutive years of addiction recovery. The now 47-year-old posted a photograph of his 12-year medallion on his public Instagram account, captioning the image, “Clean dozen, in the books! I’m not afraid.” Eminem’s sobriety date remains April 20, 2008, and he truly serves as a beacon of hope and as an inspiration to the millions of men and women who currently struggle from substance abuse and are potentially afraid of committing to long-term recovery.
Celebrities That Overdosed on Drugs
Sadly, not all celebrity stories end the same way. Over the past decade, we have seen the tragic loss of many major celebrities as they succumbed to their battles with drug addiction and mental health concerns. Some of the most notable, untimely celebrity deaths that can be solely attributed to drug abuse include:
- Heath Ledger. This well-known movie actor passed away when he was 28 years of age as a result of the combined effects of diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, doxylamine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
- Michael Jackson. The famed (and controversial) pop star passed away as a result of acute benzodiazepine and propofol intoxication in 2009.
- Whitney Houston. Houston passed away while high on cocaine in a Los Angeles hotel room – the official causes of death include heart disease and drowning.
- Amy Winehouse. The beloved singer/songwriter passed away in 2011 as a result of alcohol poisoning, after a long battle with alcohol abuse.
- Corey Monteith. In 2013, the Glee star passed away after experiencing a heroin overdose that also involved alcohol. He was only 31 years old when he passed.
- Anna Nicole Smith. In addition to three prescription medications commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, coroners found methadone and chloral hydrate in this star’s system at the time of her death.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman. The American actor passed away as a result of combining heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and benzodiazepines.
If you have been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder of any severity, there is help available. If Eminem can overcome an addictive disorder while in the public eye, there is no reason why you cannot overcome your struggles and go on to achieve the same quality, long-term sobriety. With the right tools and support system in place, anything is possible.
Drug Treatment at Agape Treatment Center
At Agape Treatment Center, we treat addiction at the root cause. For more information on our program of drug addiction recovery for men and women of all ages and personal backgrounds, give us a call today.