Eminem is opening up about his years long battle with prescription drug addiction.
The rapper, real name, Marshall Mathers, reveals how deep his addiction was—and how close he came to—in a new documentary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs.
"When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of 'Ahh.' Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn't feel any pain," Eminem says.
"I don't know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more. People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say 'Get that f—–g person outta here. I can't believe they said that sh– to me. I'm not out there shooting heroin. I'm not f—–g out there putting coke up my nose. I'm not smoking crack."
The 40-year-old dad confesses that his addiction rapidly starting getting dangerous as he began mixing different prescription pills.
"Xanax, Valium, tomato, tomatoe, it's same thing … F— it, take it," Eminem says, admitting his out of control pill popping led to his being rushed to the ER.
"Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died," he says. "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."
He also documents his grueling detox.
"Coming off everything, I was literally was up 24 hours a day for three weeks straight," he says. "And I mean, not sleeping, not even nodding off for a f—–g minute.
"I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It's been a learning process, I'm growing. I couldn't believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody 'It does get better.'"
How To Make Money Selling Drugs opens in cinemas Friday.
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