5 Rappers Who Got Sober And Stayed Sober

Sources of addiction originate for various reasons such as psychological illness, physical ailments, or environmental influences. Research also suggest that media influences how audiences think and behave which could lead to substance abuse or illegal behavior. Despite the source of addiction, there is hope for overcoming dependency on substances and self-harming behaviors. The willingness to change begins from within. When one remains focused and determined, the results will often yield a fulfilling lifestyle. Some celebrities have chosen to take advantage of rehabilitation programs and were able to continue prosperous careers. Here are five celebrity rappers that have conquered their addictions and served as an inspiration for others.


5 Rappers Who Got Sober And Stayed Sober

Marshall Mathers is popular for stirring controversy with this unique style of rap. Did you know that he dedicated a song to addiction recovery? In his song, “Not Afraid”, he expresses condolences to anyone who has ever lost someone they loved due to drug addiction. Eminem, legal name Marshall Mathers, almost lost his life to an overdose of methadone. Methadone is a drug used to treat pain. Eminem continues to make songs that inspire millions after moving beyond his addiction.

Gucci Mane

He says it himself in his song ‘Addicted’ with the opening intro… “Hi my name is Gucci Mane, I’m addicted to everything… Diamond chains, tennis chains, assault rifles, gambling.” Gucci Mane is another famous rapper who overcame his addictions to lean (a combination of promethazine and codeine) and weed. Gucci Mane openly admits that he was a drug addict and abused drugs since his teenage years. After his prison release, he has taken on a refined sober persona. He’s likely spending less time in Vegas shooting dice, even though one can only imagine what it must be like to play as a high roller like Gucci Mane. He released a hit album, Everybody Looking, in July 2016 after conquering his drug dependencies.


Many fans of Clifford Harris, known by many as T.I., may not be aware that he suffered from a drug addiction too. His addiction to OxyContin and hydrocodone caused him to serve time in jail and resulted in a negative effect on his personal and business relationships. His reputation with drugs and weapons seem minuscule when compared to his accomplishments after achieving sobriety. Clifford Harris now has seven hit albums and has done music compilations with other famous musicians including Jay Z and Kanye West.


DMX was raised in the School Street Projects of Yonkers, New York. His addiction to cocaine began at the age of 14 when he was introduced to the substance. In an interview with Dr. Phil, he discussed his twenty-five-year addiction that resulted in several encounters with the law and jail time. Since his recovery, DMX was able to begin a career in acting and has sold over 15 million copies of his albums.

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi is a popular indie rapper who grew up in Cleveland. He is known for hit singles such as “Day ‘n’ Nite” and “Pursuit of Happiness”. He also suffered addiction to cocaine and alcohol. He attributes his successful recovery to clinical rehabilitation centers. Kid Cudi has recovered from his drug habits and now lives a functional life as a father, musician, and friend.

These tenacious rappers are no different than the average person who suffers from similar addictions. Many famous celebrities choose treatment centers that will help give them the help that is needed while building relationships that encourage sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous helps provide treatment options for those suffering from alcohol abuse through a 12 step program that builds one spiritually and mentally. Their program offers service to anyone such as those who are deaf, literate, or that lack support from others so there is no excuse to avoid treatment. The aforementioned celebrities are able to continue their sobriety with help from spiritual and life lessons taught through rehabilitation centers.