Eminem Opens Up About Addiction In New Documentary, "How To Make Money Selling Drugs" [YouTube Video]

Michael Charboneau

by Michael Charboneau

Published July 1, 2013

Detroit rapper Eminem speaks candidly about his past addiction to painkillers in Matthew Cooke's provocative documentary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, produced by Bert Marcus Productions.

Recalling his first experience with Vicodin, his descent into addiction, and his eventual recovery, Eminem looks back on his addiction years with frankness and clarity. His journey to recovery was definitely not an easy one. "You're struggling with the argument of, do you have a problem or do you not have a problem?" he says. For Eminem, it took a trip to the emergency room to make him realize just how much of a problem he had. "Had I got to the hospital two hours later, I would have died," he remarks. Check out the interview in the video clip above, via Vibe.

How To Make Money Selling Drugs exposes the dark world of the war on drugs from the perspectives of former drug addicts, dealers, law enforcement agents, and a number of celebrities. In an interview with Indiewire, director Matthew Cooke elaborates on his unique use of firsthand accounts in the documentary.

" also enables to put their feet into the shoes of somebody who has traveled a path in life that they didn't. In a way, they want to put themselves in their shoes to really get it and to really understand. And the reason for finding subjects like that is so we can be empathetic. And if we're really empathetic, then we can understand. And if we can really understand, then we can really change what our attitude is towards those people. So we can stop seeing them as 'those people.' And stop this silly, disabling perspective that we're a country of fugitives and criminals and citizens, and start seeing ourselves as one country with similar problems that are all interconnected."

The documentary premiered last week and is currently screening in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland. It is also available nationwide on demand or on Youtube.

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