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Eminem Says Ambien Erased Years From His Memory

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But Em says it’s another, more common drug that has caused him to swear off all substances completely- Ambien. While generally prescribed for insomnia and not always associated with abuse, the drug is not without controversy. And the artist formerly known as Marshall Mathers blames his use of the sleeping medication for five years of hazy memories. He laments:

“I don’t know if it sounds like I’m making excuses, but the absolute truth is a lot of my memory is gone… I don’t know if you’ve ever taken Ambien, but it’s kind of a memory-eraser. That shit wiped out five years of my life. People will tell me stories, and it’s like, ‘I did that?’ I saw myself doing this thing on BET recently, and I was like, ‘When was that?’”

But Eminem says the realization has helped him examine his relationship with substances overall. The rapper describes:

“…sometimes it sucks, and I wish I was wired like a regular person and could go have a f—in’ drink. But that’s the biggest thing about addiction: When you realize that you cannot — for f—’s sake, you can not — f— around with nothing ever again.”

As for now, Em is back working with longtime friend and mentor Dr. Dre. The two have gotten into the studio for the rapper’s new album, Detox, and Eminem says the record is nearing completion:

“It’s really close– I want to say we’re halfway done… I’m lending an ear, helping him write, laying hooks– whatever I can do. As for my stuff, I’m just doing guest verses for other people’s records. I try to stay recording, because if I don’t, I get rusty.”

No release date for ‘Detox’ has been floated yet.

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4 Responses to “Eminem Says Ambien Erased Years From His Memory”

  1. Connie Lyon

    I tried it years ago and I couldn't get myself out of bed after takin it. Forget that

  2. Brandt Hardin

    Prescription Drugs have robbed far too many people of their dignity and lives. Big Pharma is the REAL drug cartel in North America. Their overmedicating of the American public through obscene advertising leads to nearly 100,000 deaths per year! Prescription drugs are more dangerous than any felony drug substance in the world including heroin, cocaine and even alcohol combined. Read about this issue and what’s killing people at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/07/illustration-friday-800-milligrams.html.

  3. Jim Folkerts

    I was on Ambien. He's trying hard to explain something that few people are going to understand. Like "Hey, I can drive! Hey, I can kill myself!" All while you feel sober, I'm not kidding. It's been years since I have been on it, but I can tell you the definition of insanity is Ambien.