How Eminem’s days of ‘Purple Pills’ and other drugs have led to a milestone change

Eminem performs on Oct. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The rapper recently announced he's been sober for 10 years.
Eminem performs on Oct. 4, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The rapper recently announced he's been sober for 10 years. Invision/The Associated Press

Eminem has made plenty of songs mentioning drugs in his career.

From songs named "Drug Ballad" and "Purple Pills" to mentioning what he used – among them pills, weed and 'shrooms, but not cocaine or crack – in a track off his "The Slim Shady LP" album, the Detroit-based rapper wasn't shy about the substances he took.

That has all changed in a big way.

Eminem on Saturday discussed his sobriety, showing off his 10-year coin in a Twitter post.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Celebrated my 10 years yesterday. <a href="https://t.co/Xmm9MOIEam">pic.twitter.com/Xmm9MOIEam</a></p>&mdash; Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eminem/status/987846178946482176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

"Celebrated my 10 years yesterday," the tweet reads. It was posted one day before the 45-year-old winner of 15 Grammy Awards was to headline the final day of Coachella in Indio.

Eminem officially became sober on April 20, 2008, he said in an interview with Billboard magazine.

"Things are a little more calm for me now," Eminem said then. "There was a time when everything was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and I kind of didn't know what was happening to my life. That certainly did get the best of me, with drugs and the pressure of all that (expletive). I'm at a different point now, but I still want to rap with the same energy and intensity and passion as before because, at the end of the day, this is what I love."

According to a 2015 People magazine article, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, took up exercise as a way to recover from his addiction.

“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he said. “Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect.

"It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them.”