Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety With Powerful Instagram Post: "Still Not Afraid"
Eminem is celebrating a major accomplishment. The 47-year-old rapper shared a heartfelt tribute to his 11 years of sobriety on April 20. "Still not afraid," he wrote alongside an Instagram photo of his sobriety chip. The coin is a milestone marker and is engraved with the words "unity," "strength," and "recovery," as well as the phrase "To thine own self be true" and the Roman numeral "XI" to commemorate 11 years.
Eminem has been candid about his recovery over the years. Last year, he acknowledged his decade of sobriety through another Instagram post. He also detailed his struggle with substance abuse in his song lyrics and through media interviews. In 2015, he told Men's Journal he overdosed on pills in 2007, and found exercise to be a substitute for his addiction.
"When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober," he said. "Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It's easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that's good for them."