Eminem fell off the radar for a few years before finally resurfacing earlier this year. He’s talked about his addiction to prescription drugs before, but we never knew to what extent it had gotten to–until now.

Em says he “100 percent” identities with the late Michael Jackson, who died of acute Propofol intoxication, because he could only function or sleep if he had taken prescription medication.

He said:

“When you read things about Michael Jackson it’s hard to decipher what the f**k is true, but there’s the story of how he woke up at whatever time and he needed something to go back to sleep because he had this or that and it didn’t work. That’s exactly what used to happen to me: I would take a couple of pills and I would be up an hour later and I’d want more.”

“Then I’d take more and that would be enough to maybe get me back to sleep for two more hours. Then I’d be wide awake again. So I definitely can relate, and it’s a shame if he didn’t have anybody there to just say, ‘Michael, you’re an addict, you need help.’ ”

It really is a shame that more people didn’t try to help Michael. His family said they tried to stage an intervention “once,” but they should have tried every single day because they knew how bad his addiction had gotten.

He added to Complex magazine: “I feel better. I feel like a human being again. There was one point in time where I felt like plastic.

“I think I looked plastic. My face was like fat plastic. I was eating, but the Vicodin made me hungry because it eats up your stomach lining, so you want to fill your stomach back up, but then it stops you up so you can’t s**t. That’s why I was gaining so much weight, I was just so f***ing bloated.”

We may have lost Michael, but hopefully his story will be a wake up call to others who have spiraled out of control in regards to prescription medication.