Eminem Opens Up About His Recovery Following 2009 Overdose

Eminem opens up about his recovery following an overdose in 2009.

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Eminem details his recovery from a 2009 overdose in a new story for the September edition of Men's Journal.  The ordeal, which also helped spawn the rapper's 2010 release Recovery, was apparently a wake-up call about his weight as much as it was about his addiction. 

"In 2009, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital," he told the magazine. "I was close to 230 pounds. I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating—and eating badly."

Much of the story revolves around Em's post-overdose workout routine, his immediate inclination to run like "a fucking hamster," he said. "When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober." 

"Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill," he added. "I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I'd come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds."

Em says he's currently doing the "Body Beast workout" and admits—like any normal person might—that he "still hate[s] pullups. They're a motherfucker." 

Check out the profile in full here.

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