When a clip of Eminem talking about his struggles with drug addiction went viral this week, it brought into focus a new documentary entitled "How to Make Money Selling Drugs."
In the film, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, claims that he didn't come to terms with his addiction to prescription pills – mainly Vicodin – until it was almost too late.
"I don't know what point exactly it started to be a problem, I just remember liking it more and more," the star said.
War on drugs
The film, directed by Matthew Cooke, explores the eye-opening truths about drug culture and "the underground economy" of the drug business, including interviews with legal experts, addicts, celebrities – even drug dealers themselves. Cooke hopes the film can educate viewers about U.S. drug policies and shed light on how some laws are doing more harm than good.
As for Eminem, he claims his addiction became so debilitating that his body all but gave up on him.
"My organs were shutting down – my liver, kidneys, everything," he said. "They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn't think I was gonna make it."
Had he gone to the hospital just a few hours later, the star recalls, he probably wouldn't have made it out alive.
He admits that he thought he could "control" his drug habit because he wasn't "shooting heroin" or "smoking crack."
Inspiration to get clean
Eminem says that his 17-year-old daughter Hailie has been a constant inspiration for his music – and also for his sobriety.
"I'm looking at my kids ... I need to be here for this."
Cooke says that interviewing the rapper was "an honor" and that Eminem's stories reflect the true grisly nature of addiction.
"He is incredibly sincere and open and forthcoming, and I think it's so huge for other addicts out there who struggle to have somebody that they see as having made it, having everything that he would want in life," Cooke told MTV.
After Eminem was admitted to the hospital, he claims he didn't sleep for three weeks – and later relapsed. Now sober, he says he hopes his words will help others who might be struggling.
"I'm growing," he explained. "I just couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy or naturally function or be just enjoying life in general without being on something."
Cooke's film is opening in select theaters across the country this month.