Eminem reveals extent of former drug addiction

Hip-hop megastar Eminem has revealed just how close he came to losing his life due to drug addiction in a candid interview cited by news.com.au.

In a documentary titled 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs', the 40-year-old rapper recalled just how deep his prescription drug addiction was and recounted the time he was rushed into hospital in a critical condition after a night of binging.

"Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. 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.

The rapper, real name Marshall Mathers, also ignored advice from friends who were worried about his substance abuse. He claimed that people tried to tell him he had a problem but claimed he wasn't using heroin or crack.

"I don't know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more," he admitted.

Addiction comes in many forms - gambling, smoking, eating, alcohol, drugs, sex and more - but there are ways to help treat such problems. Hypnotherapy courses can help patients understand the reasons behind the addiction and set them on the path to recovery.

For Mathers, it was the strength of fatherhood that helped him overcome his problems.

He added: "I'm looking at my kids and [realising] 'I need to be here for this'.

"I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It's been a learning process. I'm growing. I couldn't believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody 'It does get better.'"