Eminem Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety

Eminem reaches a milestone in his recovery.

Monday on Instagram, the “Lose Yourself” rapper announced he has been sober for 12 years.

“Clean dozen, in the books!” the 47-year-old captioned a pic of his sobriety coin.

“I’m not afraid,” he added, possibly referencing his 2010 song “Not Afraid.”

The musician, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, previously showed off his sobriety tokens for his 10th- and 11th-year anniversaries.

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Celebrated my 10 years yesterday.

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Though sobriety chips have no official tie to groups like Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), they are often gifted to those in addiction recovery to commemorate their progress.

Eminem, who nearly died from an accidental methadone overdose in 2007, opened up about his history with pills in a candid 2010 interview with The New York Times.

“I used to get pills wherever I could,” he told the newspaper. “I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me.”

Though he went to rehab, the experience made him feel “like Bugs Bunny.”

“When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem,” Eminem explained.

However, he was able to work with a rehab counselor, who he saw once a week at the time.

Eminem also credited his kids — including biological daughter Hailie Jade, now 24, and his two adopted daughters, Alaina Marie (“Lainey”), 26, and Whitney, 17 — with keeping him sober.


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