TI has spoken out about his addiction to painkillers, saying his problem began after he received prescriptions following a series of dental procedures.
The rapper and actor – who is currently in prison for violating a probation – said he was prescribed Oxycontin and hydrocodone earlier this year.
“After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So, I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might drink or smoke a blunt; I took a pain pill,” the 30-year-old told the December issue of Vibe magazine.
TI said he was now clean and sober, partly thanks to his September arrest in Los Angeles.
Police found ecstasy pills on him, and while the case was eventually dropped, a judge found him in violation of his probation stemming from a 366-day prison stint for trying to buy illegal guns and sentenced him to 11 months in jail.
Prior to going back to jail, the Atlanta rapper attended one-on-one and group therapy sessions to help kick his addiction to pills and codeine, which he was drinking to get high.
He said he had now learned his lesson.
“If you rationalise putting yourself in harm’s way, risking your well-being, your health, your freedom, your family’s well-being and livelihood in order to be high, that’s the rationale of an addict,” he said.