Eminem Opens Up About Bitter Battle With Prescription Drug Addiction, 'My Bottom Was Gonna Be Death'


Jun. 27 2013, Published 8:49 a.m. ET

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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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