Eminem will be releasing his latest album Relapse on May 19th. As he works to promote his upcoming material, he is coming clean about his drug addiction.
â€ â€˜My doctor told me those mysterious new pills were methadone, which is used to wean heroin addicts off dope. Had I known it was methadone, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But as bad as I was back then, I can’t even say 100 percent for sure. My doctor told me the amount of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click.’ After detoxing, Eminem suffered a knee injury that required surgery, but because of his recent drug abuse, he was not prescribed painkillers. He recalls, â€˜I started looking around my house to see if I had a stash box of Vicodinâ€¦I’m ransacking my house, finally find something in the basement, in a little napkin, seven and a half Vicodinâ€”the big extra strength onesâ€”and a few Valium.’ The rapper soon relapsed for the second time and finally admitted to himself he was an addict. â€˜It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family. Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.’ â€
â€œ â€˜I wanted to make an overall statementâ€”I’m back. It was a slow process. You gotta remember I hadn’t recorded a song sober in seven years. So it took me awhile to even feel like I could record a song soberâ€¦I don’t know the last time I shot a video sober, without drinking or taking anything. It’s been years.â€ He continues, â€˜I almost feel like a little kid again with rap. I wanna play around with different flows. If I don’t feel like it’s what I’m fully capable of, if there’s one weak line, I wanna change it. Rap was my drug. It used to get me high and then it stopped getting me high. Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel thatâ€¦now rap’s getting me high again.’â€