Eminem Celebrates A Decade Of Sobriety

By Keri Blakinger 04/23/18

The rapper took to Instagram to share his sober milestone. 

Photo via Instagram

The Real Slim Shady is 10 years sober. 

Marshall Mathers—the rapper best known by his stage name Eminem—announced his recovery milestone Saturday in an Instagram post displaying a close-up of a 10-year medallion. 

“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” he wrote beneath the image, posted online between sets at Coachella.

Rapper Royce da 5'9" tweeted his congrats to the 8 Mile star. “Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem,” he wrote. “Keep fighting the good fight homie.” 

After years of struggling, the revered rapper got sober shortly after a 2007 overdose. 

“I used to get pills wherever I could,” he told the New York Times after cleaning up his act. “I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me.” 

He started with Vicodin, Valium and Ambien, he said, but moved on to methadone by the end. 

The first time he tried to quit using was during a trip to rehab in Michigan. But it didn’t stick—and the second time around the “Love the Way You Lie” rapper decided that path wasn’t for him. 

“I felt like I was Bugs Bunny in rehab,” he said. “When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem.”

So for his take-two of sobriety, he detoxed in a hospital then went right home and started seeing a counselor. 

For a time, he replaced his drug use with exercise, he later confided to Men’s Journal

“Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping,” he told the magazine in 2015. “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. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them.”

He also credits his kids for helping keep him sober, along with his unofficial sponsor—Elton John.

“Your sobriety day is in my diary,” the “Rocket Man” singer once said. “I’m so proud of you.” 

Sir Elton isn’t the only one proud of the rapper's progress. Social media showered praise on the rapper, with more than 1.6 million likes for his Instagram post. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.