By: Bethany Winkel
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How Eminem Beat Addiction
Eminem has a long and difficult history with prescription drug abuse, and not until he started a strict exercise regimen did he finally beat addiction. He now says he is clean and sober, and is ready to get on with the rest of his life.
The rap artist said at one time he was taking 60 pills a day, and that his addiction wiped out several years of his life. His addiction was putting a huge strain on his body, and when he began mixing the pills, he ended up in the hospital. “The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin … Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” Eminem said. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
Although he went through rehab and relapsed several times, Eminem says what finally worked for him was sticking to an exercise routine. “It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect,” he said. “It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise.”
Many treatment providers agree that exercise is a vital component to recovery, because of the natural release of endorphines and the health benefits exercise has to the entire body. Exercise also helps stimulate blood flow to the brain, improving a person’s ability to concentrate and think more rationally.
Read more about Eminem’s journey here.