Saturday (April 20) marked 11 years of sobriety for Eminem, who shared the milestone with his followers on social media when he posted a photo of his 11-year chip.
The rapper sought treatment for his addiction to prescription medications — including Vicodin, Valium and Ambien — following a nearly-fatal methadone overdose in 2007. He’s been candid about his sober journey in his music as well: the albums that followed, 2009’s Relapse and 2010’s Recovery, directly throw to his experience, and “Arose,” off 2017’s Revival, is a vulnerable meditation on his overdose.
“Things are a little more calm for me now,” Eminem said in 2013, when he discussed his progress with Billboard in his 2013 cover story. “There was a time when everything was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and I kind of didn’t know what was happening to my life. That certainly did get the best of me, with drugs and the pressure of all that shit. I’m at a different point now, but I still want to rap with the same energy and intensity and passion as before because, at the end of the day, this is what I love.”
Today, he shares a different message: “Still not afraid.”
Check out Eminem’s 11-year post below.
11 years – still not afraid. pic.twitter.com/A8TV0LsLfn
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 20, 2019