A Decade of Sobriety for Eminem

FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Rapper Eminem attends the premiere of "Southpaw" in New York. Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar and Sturgill Simpson lead the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this June in Tennessee. The festival announced on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, their lineup for the music festival in Manchester, June 7 -10. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Rapper Eminem attends the premiere of “Southpaw” in New York. Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar and Sturgill Simpson lead the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this June in Tennessee. The festival announced on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, their lineup for the music festival in Manchester, June 7 -10. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Eminem is celebrating a decade of sobriety. The River star, who has battled an addiction to sleeping pills, posted a picture on Instagram showing him holding up the sobriety chip he was given when he reached the milestone.

 

Celebrated my 10 years yesterday.

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“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” the 8 Mile star said.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has been sober since 2008 when he checked himself into rehab and started the 12-step program. The Hip-Hop star has spoken openly about his addiction and recovery in his music and nearly died from an accidental overdose.

“In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” he told Men’s Journal in 2015. “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. When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he added. “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. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them.”

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