Marshall Mathers, most commonly known as the rapper Eminem, is one of the most famous musicians on the planet. He’s sold millions of records, sound tracked movies, and has won an Academy Award, but at the end of the day he is just like every other human being.
No amount of money or fame can ever buy someone perfect health and just like so many other musicians, Mathers suffered from a crippling addiction to an assortment of drugs. Due to an inability to sleep, Mathers began taking sleep medication. In Mathers’ head he thought he didn’t have a problem because he wasn’t shooting up heroin or sniffing coke but was instead popping pills at a frantic pace every day. At the height of his addiction Mathers was popping 20 pills a day from an assortment of Vicodin, Valium, Methadone, and Ambien. Eventually, Mathers’ addiction caught up to him when he overdosed on Methadone pills in 2007. Due to the coating on the pills tearing up the lining on Mathers’ stomach, consequently leaving a massive hole in his stomach, Mathers had to constantly eat to avoid stomach aches and in doing so gained a significant amount of weight. After coming to terms with his addiction and his role as an active father, Mathers entered rehab – at the time he weighed a massive 230 pounds.
As a way to both combat his weight gain and improve his physical and emotional health, Mathers started working out. First, Mathers started running and then he soon upped his workout routine by doing workout programs like P90x and Body Beast. Before he knew it, Mathers was back down to his normal weight and was able to sleep without the assistance of pills. It might be bittersweet, but due to his weight gain, Mathers found a healthy and effective way to ward off his pill addiction. Due to his already addictive mind, Mathers became addicted to a healthy lifestyle. Had it not been for Mathers’ conscious decision to start working out, he might’ve died.
Exercise To Sobriety
In fact, it’s scientifically proven that embracing a healthy and exercise-filled lifestyle can combat addiction. By exercising, nearly all facets of one’s body are increase: circulation in the blood gets better, stress is relieved, the toxins of your body are reduced, your mind is more aware, you gain more energy, and your mood is increase. It doesn’t even have to be lifting weights or running five miles a day, even activities like yoga and meditation can offer substantial health benefits. Substituting healthy activities like running or lifting weights can pull one up from the dark pit of addiction.
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At Sober College, we offer an array of different physical activities in the hopes of fighting addiction and establishing a healthier and sober lifestyle. Our treatment program has a strong emphasis on all sorts of physical activities. From learning how to surf to flying from a trapeze, Sober College offers easy and fun ways to maintain sobriety and stay healthier and happier.