Eminem is celebrating a milestone of being sober for 10 years, which he shared to his fans via social media, so congratulations are in order.
What an accomplishment for the 45-year-old record producer, who recently proudly posted a photo of a coin on Twitter. However, it wasn't just an ordinary coin, it's a token given by nonprofit organization Alcoholics Anonymous to their members who have hit an important milestone in their journey to staying sober.
The gold coin has the letter "X" in the middle, in Roman numerals meant 10. The letter is surrounded by the words "Unity," "Service," and "Recovery." His friend, Royce Da 5'9, congratulated Eminem for his efforts.
"Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem ... Keep fighting the good fight homie ... I love you for life," he wrote.
However, the road to this milestone was far from a walk in the park. Eminem had been vocal about his fight against his demons. In 2007, the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, had an uber-scary experience with overdose, a near-death situation. The serious incident had the "Love the Way You Lie" rapper taking 20 pills in one day, which became one of the turning points of his life.
Eminem should be lauded for this milestone, which he said was partly due to his exercise. In a 2015 interview, he confessed that he needed to workout, especially since he gained so much weight from the things he took, like Vicodin and Valium.
"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," he shared.
But everyone knows how it's hard to lose weight, all the more for the musician who admittedly had a difficult time during his early days into sobriety. Eminem narrated how he found it troubling to get to sleep, and his answer became running, which made him naturally "high" and at the same time was a huge help in letting him doze off.
He decided to get help and enter rehab in 2008. Of his development of his recovery, he'd been pretty much open about it, especially through his chart-topping tracks.
His latest album, Revival, was just released in December 2017. One of the songs is "Castle," which was intended for her daughter, Hailie, 22. The track revolves around three letters for her daughter written during three important stages in life.
Celebrated my 10 years yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Xmm9MOIEam — Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 22, 2018