Eminem performs onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Eminem Opens Up About 2007 Drug Overdose That Nearly Took His Life

Eminem has never shied away from his rocky history, utilizing his darkest moments and the tough themes of his life by incorporating them into his music. Still, it's nice to hear him casually open up about these struggles in other forums, too.

He did just that on a recent podcast episode where he looked back at the overdose that changed his life and what followed soon after.

Rapper Eminem recently got candid about a major issue he faced in the '00s.

That being his drug abuse problems, ones that almost killed him at the time.

He was a recent guest on his manager Paul Rosenburg's podcast, called Paul Pod, where they spoke about that era of the musician's life.

Namely 2007, when Eminem overdosed on methadone.

He was rushed to the hospital and had to be stabilized via several medications before he was alright again. This moment would become a recurring reference in his future songs.

On the podcast, he talks about how his life changed after getting sober in 2008, this overdose having been a real catalyst for him to turn his life around.

This was also when he began working on his 2009 album, 'Relapse'.

"I remember when I first got sober and all the [expletive] was out of my system, I remember just being, like, really happy and everything was [expletive] new to me again," he said. "It was the first album and the first time that I had fun recording in a long time."

He really connected with his music again and remembered why he loved it so much.

"It was like the first time I started having fun with music again, and re-learning how to rap, you remember that whole process. It took a long time for my brain to start working again."

The two also discuss how worried Rosenburg was.

"Didn't you ask the doctors [...] 'I just wanted to make sure he didn't have brain damage?'" Eminem asked.

Rosenburg confirmed this, saying some of the music Eminem made before Relapse was strange and not very good, leading him to worry that more permanent damage had happened.

However, that was clearly not the case.

Eminem performs onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
Getty | Dimitrios Kambouris

Not after a while, anyway. The rapper said it took "five or six months total" for his brain to return to where it was before the overdose, and he was happier for it.

As was the rest of the world, as he would go on to release tons of iconic music in the following years!

h/t: TMZ