In an Instagram post yesterday, Eminem told the world of his celebration on 4/20 for ten years of sobriety. The infamous rapper took to his social media account on the 21st of April and stated, “celebrated my ten years yesterday.”
The iconic rapper struggled with addiction to narcotics in the past, a fact featured on some of his songs, notably the track, “Purple Pills,” with his former band D-12.
Eminem took a picture of a coin given to him by the self-improvement and addiction group, Alcoholics Anonymous. The coin features a Roman numeral with an X on it, as well as meaningful terms related to addiction including “recovery,” “service,” and “unity.”
The rapper, Royce Da 5’9″, also from Detroit, Michigan, commemorated and congratulated his mentor on Twitter. He wrote, “happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem.”
Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem … Keep fighting the good fight homie … I love you for life ??
— ROYCE (@Royceda59) April 21, 2018
Reportedly, Eminem – or Marshall Mathers – nearly died back in 2007 due to an accidental overdose. In an interview with Men’s Journal back in 2015, he explained that he overdosed on pills and had to go to the hospital.
According to the rapper, he weighed nearly 230 pounds at the time and was continually eating. The coating on Vicodin and Valium allegedly leaves a hole in your stomach so, in order to avoid stomach pain, a person has to eat as much as possible.
In addition to eating too much, the Grammy Award-winner admitted he was “eating badly.” The rapper said he turned to exercise as a means of staying away from drug use.
“But I also needed to figure out a way to function sober.” He turned to running nearly every day, which gave him a natural endorphin high, but also helped him fall asleep at night.
The rapper said it’s easy to comprehend how one goes about replacing addiction with exercise. Exercise can still be an addiction, but when done in moderation, it’s significantly healthier.