An unlikely bond – between Eminem and Elton John – that started with them singing together at the 2001 Grammy Awards, and led to Eminem crediting Elton with getting him off drugs.
Elton now over 60, a rock singer in the popular genre, by his own admission, as a young person, used to overindulge in drugs, yet managed to overcome a drug habit of sixteen years to remain clean and sober today.
Elton is a survivor in a world where fantasy, fame and fortune is so often connected with drug abuse, failed rehab and overdose.
In the ups and downs of the show biz world, Elton is regarded by many as a “rock”, a friend and counselor ready to help when the going gets rough. Elton has his critics, who accuse him of interfering – but as Elton says it is never his intention to intervene, if a person does not want any help. You cannot help a person until they are ready.
Elton himself can remember his own denial about drug use, and the rejection of friends because they told him that he was being an “idiot”. Elton regrets the years lost to drugs, saying intially it was fun, but that it ended up being incredibly depressing.
Rapper Eminem, of Slim Shady fame was born in 1972, began performing at the age of 14, using mainly prescription drugs as he hit the big time, to cope with the stress, to maintain peak energy for exhausting, but exhilarating live on stage performance. His albums Relapse, and Recovery reflect his struggles to overcome drug addiction. In 2005, Eminem cancelled a concert tour, saying that he had gone into rehab for sleep medication dependency.
In 2008, an autobiography revealed Eminem’s lifelong struggle with depression and drugs, poverty and fame. It was to Elton John that Eminem turned for help with his drug addiction problem around 2008/09, facing a downward spiral into increasing use of prescription drugs, painkillers and sleeping pills.
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In 2010, Eminem announced to fans that there would be no Relapse 2 album, but released instead Recovery, as being more in tune with his feelings. Perhaps Recovery is what the world is in need of – the Recovery album is the best selling digital album ever, selling over 3 million copies in the USA.
Elton John as a mentor to Eminem follows the age old tradition of peer counseling and support, in which more experienced folk who have been there and done it, can give the benefit of their experience to others, perhaps help them avoid the pitfalls, overcome the hurdles.
For Elton John and Eminem there has been a successful outcome.
For many top rating musicians and performers outcomes have not been as happy. Recently there has been the tragic deaths of Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson, and many stories of celebrity rehab that has not been completely successful.
The therapeutic benefit of talking to someone who understands, who is non-judgmental has proved itself through the centuries to be invaluable support for people struggling to deal with personal problems and difficulties, who in many cases have turned to drug use as a solution.
Entertainers find themselves in a demanding world of high achievement, scheduled performances, a life on the road, no time to stop, relax or slow down. Applause from the audience, the cheering of fans is said to be much like a drug, often leading performers to substance abuse so as to provide the energy to give consistent high performance, needing downers to get some sleep.
Today, people face more stress and tension than ever before, global connection has not necessarily improved interpersonal communication. Many people feel alone in the crowd, and in seeking purpose and identity fall into the trap of using drugs.
Finding someone to trust, who has the answers to drug dependence and addiction need not be left to chance. An uncertain recovery, continued drug use, cravings and possible relapse can be completely avoided if you make the choice to use a comprehensive drug rehab program.
Narconon started in 1966, in a prison in Arizona, started by a long term heroin addict who developed the program from his own personal experience and insight that he gained gained from reading the humanitarian works of L Ron Hubbard.,
Over the years, the Narconon program has grown into a worldwide international presence that promotes drug free living, and complete drug addiction recovery, with residential rehab centers situated throughout the world, and drug prevention programs that are made available to communities and schools.
Mentoring is provided that is effective to bring about an improvement in life skills, and self esteem, together with comprehensive drug free support, that includes complete sauna detox, based on scientific method.
Addicts who choose the Narconon program take the risk and uncertainty out of their addiction recovery.
It takes an average of 6-8 months – to become completely drug and addiction free using the Narconon program for alcohol and drug addiction recovery.
People in North America, with problems of drug abuse and addiction can contact: Narconon.