The rapper's been clean for almost two years after a Methadone overdose that almost killed him

By Dahvi Shira
June 17, 2010 01:25 PM
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It’s been a long battle for Eminem, whose latest album Recovery is dedicated to the addictions he overcame to Vicodin, Valium, Ambien and Methadone.

The rapper, 37, born Marshall Mathers, has said that at one point, he was taking up to 20 pills a day.

“I used to get pills wherever I could,” he tells the New York Times. “I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me.”

For the last two years, Mathers has been sober – though he didn’t do it through a rehab facility. “I felt like Bugs Bunny in rehab,” he says. “When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem.”

Instead, Mathers credits his children for his recovery.

“I love them so much and they’ve helped me through so many things,” he says of his biological daughter Hailie Jade and his two adopted daughters, Lainey and Whitney.

Mathers, who also sees a rehab counselor once a week, says this hardship has helped him grow as a person. “I think I’ve calmed down a bit,” he says. “My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.”