Music producer Timbaland came forward in the media this week to discuss his struggles with OxyContin addiction. His struggle was so dire, in fact, that he nearly suffered from a fatal overdose of the painkillers in three years ago.
The music giant, who has been associated with every major name on the Billboard charts in recent years, spoke to Rolling Stone about his battle with addiction, and where he finds himself today.
Speaking openly to the publication, Timbaland stated that his addiction began gradually, initially receiving a prescription after suffering a gunshot wound as a teen.
Now 45 years old, Timbaland has emerged from the experiences of his addiction with an important story to tell. His typical painkiller dosage became so high, at one point, that his girlfriend worried he would die in his sleep—according to his interview with Rolling Stone.
Fortunately, his overdose did not take his life—although it did come very close.
“All I can tell you is that there was a light. I woke up trying to catch my breath, like I was underwater,” he stated.
The illuminating profile of the star provides fans with a broader perspective of fame and addiction. While his music experienced enormous success with artists such as Justin Timberlake, he fought some very personal demons and fell deeper into his addiction.
“Music is a gift and curse. Once you’re not popping, it plays with your mind. The pills helped block out the noise — I’d just sleep all day,” he said.
His near-fatal overdose renewed his lease on life, with the stories of greats who had gone before him echoing in his mind.
As he moves into a new phase of his career with huge success on the horizon, this reveal paints a portrait of resilience. His outlook is bright, and he has many more years of success and happiness—both personally and professionally—to look forward to.
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