Eminem’s Overdose in 2007 Got Manager Afraid Rapper Might Have ‘Damaged Brain’

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, recently interviewed the rapper on his Paul Pod podcast, and the two discussed Eminem’s recovery from a 2007 overdose. During the course of their conversation, Paul revealed that he was concerned that Em might have sustained brain damage.

Since the early 2000s, the rapper known for his hit single Not Afraid has been one of the most prominent figures in the hip-hop industry. One of the most accomplished rappers of all time, this multi-Grammy Award winner is widely regarded as a pioneer in the genre.

In spite of the fact that his reputation and musical career were at an all-time high in the 2000s, the rapper was secretly fighting an ongoing battle with addiction.

During their most recent conversation, the rapper, who is now 49 years old, was open and honest about his struggle with addiction. Paul is the person who manages the rapper’s career.

“You literally were coming off of an overdose, and they had to sort of stabilize you with a few medications. And some of them took you a minute to adjust to — let’s just leave it at that,” recalled the manager and podcast host.

He made a point of mentioning that the celebrity had to relearn how to rap.

Eminem recalls that things had deteriorated to such a point that Paul, the rapper’s manager, inquired with the rapper’s medical staff about the possibility of brain damage.

“Didn’t you ask the doctors when I first started rapping again and sent it to you, didn’t you say, ‘I just wanna make sure he doesn’t have brain damage’?” Slim Shady asked.

The manager concurred with this assessment and said that he had serious concerns about Em’s health and was uncertain whether or not Em would ever be able to rap again.

“Yeah. I thought you might have some permanent problems,’ the manager responded. ‘Yeah. I was concerned, for sure,” Paul said.

“I was so happy that you weren’t brain damaged… permanently disabled from rapping again,” Paul further said to Eminem.

Em’s manager revealed how his concerns increased after the rapper’s song Detroit Basketball was made publically available online. The host of the podcast remarked, “It wasn’t very good.”

Eminem agreed and said: “And it was f*****g weird because my brain was turning back on… I started going over lines, like, ‘Wait, that’s not good.”

When Eminem was admitted to the hospital in December 2007 because he accidentally overdosed on methadone, he was already hooked to the prescription medications he was taking.

Opioids, which were developed by German physicians during World War II, are currently employed in the treatment of severe pain. According to WebMD, it is now commonly used in treatment programs for those who are addicted to heroin or narcotic opioids. The medicine alters the way in which our brain and nerve system respond to being in painful situations.

“I was taking 75-80 Valium a night,” The singer of Real Slim Shady recalls the experience, which causes Paul to ponder how he was able to live through such a lethal amount.

“I remember when I first got sober and all the s**t was out of my system, I remember being really happy. Everything was like f******g new to me again,” he says in the intimate interview.

When asked about how much fun he had recording his album “Relapse” in 2009 while he was clean, the rapper responded as follows: “It was the first album and the first time that I had had fun recording in a long time.”

After the fatal overdose, Eminem resumed his use of methadone, but the brush with death prompted him to check himself into a rehabilitation center in April of 2008.

In the year 2022, the rapper from Detroit has been clean for a full 14 years.

If you or someone you know has been touched by the events described in this article, please call American Addiction Centers at (877) 686-7688 or Talk To Frank in the United Kingdom at 0300 123 6600.

On August 5 of this year, Eminem released his newest studio album. It is a sequel to his first album, which was titled Curtain Call: The Hits and was released in 2015.

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