T.I. now claims that his drug addiction started from a toothache.

In Vibe Magazine, the southern rapper speaks honestly about his prescription drug addiction. He claims that because of the pain in his mouth after oral surgery, he got hooked on painkillers.

“I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything―weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this shit makes me feel good. And it’s legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed―I guess―the beginning stages of dependence.

Clifford T.I. Harris is currently serving an 11-month sentence in prison for felony possession of a controlled substance while on probation.

T.I. graces the Dec/Jan cover of Vibe magazine, which features his story and how he sought advice from Eminem on kicking the habit.

Watch behind-the-scenes footage of T.I.’s photo shoot!

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