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Eminem Celebrates an Important Recovery Milestone -- 10 Years Sober


On Saturday, in between his headlining sets at Coachella, Eminem revealed that he had reached an important recovery milestone. The 45-year-old rapper shared a picture of himself holding up an Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety token with a big X, symbolizing the 10 years he’s been sober.

Eminem, who also goes by his given name, Marshall Mathers, has been open about his struggles with addiction, specifically with prescription drugs. In an 2010 interview with The New York Times Magazine, he said at one point, “I used to get pills wherever I could. I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me.” This eventually led up to an overdose that almost killed him in 2007,

Now, he said, his kids help keep him sober, along with a rehab counselor he sees once a week.

Eminem’s followers on Twitter responded by sharing their own recovery journeys, and others — like Ellen DeGeneres — told him they were proud.

Staying sober after years of addiction is no easy feat. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people with mental health disorders are more likely to live with an alcohol or substance use disorder. If addiction is something you or a loved one struggles with, you can find resources from SAMHSA here.

Lead image via Eminem’s Facebook/Twitter pages