Eminem Celebrates 11 Years Drug-Free

Eminem has posted a photo on social media to mark 11 years being drug-free.

The 46-year-old shared a photograph of him holding a coin with 'XI' written across it, to mark the milestone.

He shared it with the caption: "11 years - still not afraid."

The rapper's battles with addiction are well documented and since he shared news of his milestone, his Twitter account has been inundated with fans congratulating him on making it this far.

One person wrote: "We love you, Slim. Thank you for staying with us."

A second fan said: "Such an amazing, strong man. Thank you for continuing to share your life with us, and always giving us motivation."

While a third put: "Congratulations and I'm very proud of you! Recovery is a daily battle not many understand, only those that have experienced it themselves or with a loved one can truly appreciate your accomplishments. 'One Day At A Time'. Keep coming back."

The singer, real name Marshall Mathers, has been open about his addiction in the past, revealing that he was taking up to 30 Vicodin a day as well as 'anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium'.

Speaking in documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, he said: "I don't know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more."

He went on to describe that because he was taking prescription pills, he never felt that he really had a problem, saying: "People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say, 'Get that fucking person outta here.' I'm not out there shooting heroin. I'm not out there fucking putting coke up my nose. I'm not smoking crack."

The rapper's battles with addiction are well known. Credit: PA
The rapper's battles with addiction are well known. Credit: PA

However, in 2007 he overdosed on methadone and landed himself in trouble. Speaking about the horrifying experience to MTV, he said: "The doctors told me I'd done the equivalent of four bags of heroin... Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died.

"My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything."

He added: "They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn't think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death."

Despite vowing to pack in the drugs, he said he relapsed within a month of being released, but after looking at his kids and thinking he needed to be there for them, he set himself a gruelling detox programme.

"I was literally up for 24 hours a day for three weeks straight," he said.

As well as not sleeping he also had to 'regain motor skills' and 'regain talking skills', but he had a message for anyone going through something similar, adding: "It does get better."

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Dominic Smithers

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