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Eminem Marks 11 Years of Sobriety

ETOnline logo ETOnline 20/4/2019 Jennifer Drysdale‍
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It's a special day for Eminem

The 46-year-old rapper took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal that he's 11 years sober. "11 years - still not afraid," he captioned a photo of himself holding his sobriety chip. 

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, suffered a near-fatal overdose in 2007. He opened up about the experience on Revival, his ninth studio album which was released in December 2017.

"I used to get pills wherever I could," the rapper told The New York Times in 2010, after previously revealing he was taking up to 20 pills a day. "I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me." 

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A post shared by Marshall Mathers (@eminem) on Apr 20, 2019 at 8:48am PDT

 In a 2015 interview with Men's Journal, Eminem said he replaced addiction with exercise.  

"When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober," he explained. "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."

"It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise," he added. "One addiction for another, but one that's good for them."


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