Eminem, who was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in 1972, is a music producer, a rapper, songwriter, record executive, and an actor who rose to fame in the 1990s with the release of his second album named The Slim Shady LP. During the height of his career, while he was creating award-winning albums, he was also battling a serious fight with drug and alcohol addiction.
He even narrowly escaped an overdose that nearly cost him his life. He was lucky enough to turn his life around and get it together and has successfully made his way through addiction recovery. Today he has successfully reached 12 years of continuous sobriety and lives his life by the guidelines of recovery.
Eminem and His Drug Addiction
Eminem is known as someone who does not sugarcoat his words. His bluntness has helped raise so much awareness of the real dangers of drug addiction. He has become the epitome of resilience and hope and has become a beacon for many others struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Eminem became addicted to drugs that most people believe to be harmless as they are legal. These are prescription opioids.
His addiction happened due to the rapper working extremely long hours and with little to no rest. A person with good intentions thought it would be a good idea to give him a pill that would quickly put him to sleep and to make him more efficient while on tour. This one incident let him see other medications, like Vicodin, to help him relax and get to sleep. Eminem exclaimed that he truly has no recollection of when his drug use turned into an addiction and only has fuzzy memories of his years in addiction. At one point he was taking as many as 20 pills per day. He began mixing pills like Ambien, Valium, and Xanax.
When other people in his life tried telling him they had a problem, he wasn’t in the headspace to believe them because they were not illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, or crack. An addiction problem was very far from his mind. Any help he did try, was short-lived. In 2007, Eminem suffered from an overdose that almost cost him his life. He overdosed on methadone. If the rapper had made it to the hospital even just hours later, he would have died from the overdose as his organs, including his liver, kidneys, and other organs were already shutting down. Medical staff at the hospital did not think he would survive this overdose.
How Eminem Got into Recovery from Addiction
Eminem’s fans got a shocking and unfiltered look into the rapper’s life back in 2012 after he released a documentary where he makes it painfully clear just how far a pill addiction can take you and how hard it is for people to escape the rabbit hole. Eminem explains how desperately he needed rehab in 2008, and has been sober ever since. He hopes that his story of sobriety and recovery will serve as a source of encouragement and hope for others struggling with their life.
The best and safest option to getting off of and stay off pills and other opioids is by the use of one of the many treatment programs we offer. We offer partial care and outpatient treatment programs that provide therapeutic education and guidance for each individual to help them safely reintegrate into society. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs. Alcoholism treatment requires a multi-layered approach for maximum success. We want to make sure you have the tools you need to avoid relapse in the real world.
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Addiction is left untreated; the chances of fatality continuously increase. If you or someone you love has been struggling with opioid addiction, please feel free to give us a call today. We will discuss treatment options, and do our best to point you in the right direction. Now is the time to turn your life around. Let Garden State Treatment Center, help you do it.