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  • Writer's pictureErik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Legendary Hip Hop Producer Timbaland, tells his story of breaking free from a deadly drug addiction

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

A Percocet and OxyContin addiction nearly destroyed Tim Mosley's life, AKA Legendary Hip Hop Producer Timbaland.

You may or may not know who Timbaland is, but he has been producing mega hits for the biggest stars in the music industry for over two decades. Timbaland has helped sky rocket the careers of musicians like Missy Elliott, Drake, Jay- Z, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake.

It was a dental procedure for a root canal that got him a OxyContin and Percocet prescription in 2011. He immediately started abusing them. In an interview with Menshealth Magazine he said he doesn’t recall how many pills he was taking a day but it was, “way over the limit.”

The highly sought after producer has a shelf full of prestigious awards including 21 Grammy Nominations and 4 awards. But his creativity and skill set, which is second to none, wasn’t going to save him from the death drip of addiction.

As his addiction spiraled our of control the IRS came knocking for 4 million in back taxes in 2013. He stated that the pills gave him a, “feeling of not caring, of just being free...traveling, doing shows, popping ’em, having fun, just being ignorant.”

Addiction disconnected him so far from reality that he owed millions of dollars in back taxes, had been diagnosed with pre onset diabetes, was 100lbs over weight, and all he could think about was more pills.

It was then he turned to God.

Mosley was raised a southern baptist and admittedly strayed far from his roots. He now follows the nondenominational pastor T. D. Jakes. The turning point from addiction to recovery was when he made the decision to quit all by himself, “Just me and God,” the four time Grammy Award winner stated.

“This was the path chosen for me. God was rebuilding my character,“ the sober Timbaland said. He weaned himself off and recalls it being, “One of the toughest things I’ve been through. The only things that got me through it were my kids, my girl, the help of God keeping my mind still.” “God has me under construction, which I’m still under,” the recovering addict Timbaland said, “God needed me to be clear so I could see what is needed, not what I want.”

If he can do it, anyone can! #wedorecover


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