Eminem marks 11 years of sobriety

It's a special day for Eminem

The 46-year-old rapper took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal that he's 11 years sober. "11 years - still not afraid," he captioned a photo of himself holding his sobriety chip. 

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, suffered a near-fatal overdose in 2007. He opened up about the experience on Revival, his ninth studio album which was released in December 2017.

"I used to get pills wherever I could," the rapper told The New York Times in 2010, after previously revealing he was taking up to 20 pills a day. "I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me." 

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11 years - still not afraid.

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In a 2015 interview with Men's Journal, Eminem said he replaced addiction with exercise.  

"When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober," he explained. "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," he added. "One addiction for another, but one that's good for them."

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387720 03: Rap star Eminem's mother Debbie Mathers exits a Macomb County Court courtroom following his sentencing on concealed weapons charges April 10, 2001 in Michigan. Mathers was given two years probation. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Newsmakers)
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI - JULY 2: Kim Mathers, Eminem's ex-wife, is pictured in a police mug shot obtained July 2, 2003 from the St. Clair Shores Police Department in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Mathers was arraigned July 1 on charges of possession of a controlled substance of less than 25 grams, driving with license suspended, revoked, or denied, and failure to use due care while passing a stationary emergency vehicle. (Photo by St. Clair Shores Police Department/Getty Images)
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - APRIL 10: Marshall Bruce Mathers, better known as rapper Eminem, signs paperwork during his sentencing for carrying a concealed weapon in Macomb County Circuit Court 10 April, 2001 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Mathers received two years probation after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. (Photo credit should read PAUL SANCYA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Recording artist Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)


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