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21 April 2020, 16:23 | Updated: 26 May 2020, 12:03
The US rapper celebrated 12 years of sobriety this week on social media by posting an image of his coin, but do you know what it means and what finally made Eminem get clean?
Eminem has celebrated 12 years of sobriety this week.
Taking to Instagram, the Slim Shady rapper shared a picture of his sobriety coin, writing: "Clean dozen, in the books! I'm not afraid."
But how did the superstar rapper become clean, what's his sobriety date and what is the significance of the AA or NA sobriety coin he posted? Find out the answer here.
Eminem's official sobriety date is 20 April 2008.
The Monster rapper suffered from a serious addiction to prescription medication. which almost killed him and saw him take lethal amounts of Vicodin, Valium and Ambien.
After getting briefly clean and entering rehab in 2005, he suffered from an overdose at the end of 2007. He later found out that the pills he'd acquired from a friend were methadone and were the equivalent of four bags of heroin.
It was after this brush with death that he decided to get clean. Narcotics Anonymous and his famous sponsor Elton John were instrumental to his recovery.
"When I first wanted to get sober, I called [Elton] and spoke to him about it,", Eminem told The Guardian in 2009. "He's somebody who's in the business and can identify and relate to the lifestyle and how hectic things can be. He understands ... the pressure and any other reasons that you want to come up with for doing drugs.
"I reached out to him and told him, 'Look, I'm going through a problem and I need your advice.'"
According to the rapper, Elton John would reach out to him every day in the early days of his recovery, calling him from wherever he was in the world.
Sobriety coins are tokens given to those in alcohol or drug recovery, who are taking part in the 12 step recovery program, and mark how long a member has been sober.
The triangle represents service, unity and recovery to what is thought of a disease with three parts, mental, physical and spiritual. The circle represents one-ness or wholeness.
Action on Addiction:
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