Eminem is his stage name, but Marshall Mathers is just an ordinary guy who’s dealt with the same issues that face our society today. The popular rapper recently opened up about his past experiences with drug abuse in an upcoming documentary.
The film is called How To Make Money Selling Drugs and it goes into the lives of celebrities and people around the nation who have battled with drug abuse.
The 40-year-old struggled with prescription drugs earlier in his career and he explained his battle during an interview for the documentary.
It isn’t rare to find celebrities caught up in drug addiction, but he isn’t shying away from his past issues that nearly ended his career.
He began taking Vicodin and Valium among others, but he eventually fought his way out of the addiction. His friends tried to give him advice at first, but he originally wasn’t having any part of it.
“I would say ‘Get that f—— person outta here,’” Eminem explained in the film. “I can’t believe they said that sh– to me. I’m not out there shooting heroin. I’m not f—— out there putting coke up my nose. I’m not smoking crack.”
Marshall Mathers regularly used his addiction in his music, which you can obviously tell by the names of two of his albums. First he dropped the album Relapse in 2009 before releasing another called Recovery the following year.
His addiction eventually led to a breaking point when he was taken to the hospital, which he says could have been the end of his life.
“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he added. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
After his stint in the hospital, “Slim Shady” was eventually off prescriptions for good after a relapse. The entire battle was very difficult to handle, but Eminem took it all in stride and is a better man today because of it.