DMX Reportedly Enters Treatment In New Hampshire

By Kelly Burch 08/30/17

Addiction treatment reports have surfaced a couple weeks after the rapper was put on house arrest for violating bail conditions.


Rapper DMX has been spotted around a small New Hampshire city, where he is reportedly seeking treatment for drug addiction. 

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was seen multiple times last weekend around Nashua, New Hampshire. There is speculation that the 46-year-old is undergoing treatment in the area or living in sober housing. The Nashua Telegraph reported that Simmons was spotted around town in a Buffalo Wild Wings at the local mall, a Shaw’s supermarket and Walmart. 

The rapper—famous for hits like "X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and “Party Up”—has been embroiled in a legal battle and his own struggle with addiction. 

Simmons is facing charges that he allegedly owes $1.7 million in back taxes dating back to 2000. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and was freed on $500,000 bail, according to Billboard. But while he was out on bail the rapper failed drug tests four times—revealing that he had used cocaine, opiates and pot. Because of that, Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff put him under house confinement on August 11, according to the New York Daily News.  

During the hearing, the judge said that Simmons had violated his bail conditions “probably more times than I can remember,” according to Court House News. The judge went on to say that the rapper had “certainly made one of the better cases for locking himself up,” but still chose not to send the rapper to jail. Rakoff described Simmons’s drug addiction as “gross” and said that his past run-ins with the law illustrated that he's had “more than a passing acquaintance with illegal drugs.”

After that hearing, DMX told a reporter, “When God is for you, who can be against you?”

Last week, TMZ reported that the judge lifted Simmons’s house arrest on the condition that he enter a sober program and travel with a sober coach around the clock. According to court documents reviewed by TMZ, the rapper would need permission to leave New York state.

The rapper decided on his own to go to rehab, according to his lawyer Murray Richman. “This is a voluntary move on his part,” Richman said. 

Judge Rakoff released Simmons last Tuesday so he could perform in Atlanta, but by the weekend the rapper was spotted in New Hampshire. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.