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The aftermath

Marshall was no stranger to drugs and alcohol, as suggested by a large
number of his songs, including "Drug Ballad" (The Marshall Mathers LP,
2000) and "These Drugs" (Devil's Night Bonus Disc, 2001), which are
dedicated to his drug use in their entirety. The song "I'm Shady" (The
Slim Shady LP, 1999) even includes the explanatory line "well, I do
take pills (ecstasy or prescription drugs), don't do speed / don't do
crack, don't do coke / I do smoke weed / don't do smack / I do do
shrooms, do drink beer / I just wanna make a few things clear". Later
tracks, including the aforementioned "These Drugs" and "Kill You" (The
Marshall Mathers LP, 2000) additionally suggest cocaine use, although
he has never been in a law enforcement incident involving drugs.
However, with the sentence of two years of probation taking effect in
2001, during which he was subject to mandatory regular drug testing,
his recreational drug use was put to an end. This fact is supported
with references to his drug use in his music, which all but
disappeared after 2001, and comments by band mate Proof, who states
that Marshall "sobered up".[19] However, with rising pressures and
workload in his professional career, Marshall found it difficult to
get the rest he wanted, and turned to Ambien sleeping pills for
relief. His use of the drug eventually became so severe, that in
August 2005, he cancelled the European leg of his ongoing tour, and
checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic for treatment.

The decline of Marshall's drug use during his probation was in line
with the growing demands for responsibility in his role as a parent to
Hailie. In addition, he is also known to take care of the daughter of
Kim's twin sister Dawn, Alaina "Laney", whom he mentions in the song
"Mockingbird" (Encore, 2004), referring to himself as her "daddy" and
stating "it's almost like [Laney and Hailie] are sisters now". He also
cares for his younger half-brother Nathan, who makes appearances...


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