Eminem is 10 years sober and proud of it.
The rapper marked the occasion on social media over the weekend, posting a photo of a gold recovery medallion. He captioned the photo, “Celebrated my 10 years yesterday.”
The chip features an X in the middle and the traditional Alcoholics Anonymous triangle of unity, service and recovery.
Talking about his addiction to the New York Times in 2010, the rapper said, “I used to get pills wherever I could. I was just taking anything that anybody was giving me.”
Eminem focused on his health and fitness in an effort to get clean, telling Men’s Journal in 2015, “I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”
He added, “When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober. 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.”