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Eminem Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety

World-renowned rapper, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, celebrated 12 years of sobriety on Monday. “Clean dozen, in the books! I’m not afraid,” he captioned in an Instagram picture of his medallion while referencing his song “Not Afraid,” which detailed his battle with addiction and recovery.

Sobriety chips, while not an official AA device, are often used by AA members to mark sober anniversaries. The mementos help addicts self-resolve in continuing their absence from the subject of their addiction, while also representing the organization’s commitment to its users. This is the third year in a row Eminem has marked his sober anniversary with a photo of his token.

Eminem and Addiction

The Grammy Award-winning artist has always been candid about his struggles with Vicodin, Ambien, Valium, and methadone. In 2007, he hit rock bottom when he overdosed on methadone.

Eminem relapsed, however, he quickly quit the drugs after looking at his kids and realizing he wanted to be around for when they grew up. He set himself on a grueling detox program that has helped him get to where he is today. Elton John became his mentor, sober himself almost 30 years, and would check in on him once or twice a week to ensure he was on the straight and narrow.

Ultimately, Eminem credits his children for his recovery, including biological daughter Hailie Jade, 24, and his two adopted daughters, Alaina Marie (“Lainey”), 26, and Whitney, 17.

He even rapped to Hailie Jade about his overdose in two tracks on his ninth studio album, Revival, which was released in December 2017. He’s been as productive as ever in recent years, with 2017’s Revival, 2018’s Kamikaze and his most recent work, Music to Be Murdered By, which went to the top of the Billboard 200 charts earlier this year.

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