Scott Storch Talks About How Cocaine 'Took Control' Of His Life

'It went to my head, I guess. I had to come back to earth,' producer says of his past success.

"I had my [article id="1609984"]problem with cocaine[/article]. I can only urge the youth that there's no way to control that thing," Scott Storch told MTV News. Storch, one of the great producers of the last decade, has been relatively quiet the past couple of years battling drug addiction. He lost friends, business deals and inspiration to make tracks — he alienated some loved ones and, when he hit rock bottom, couldn't face himself in the mirror.

"I think I had more self-control than a lot of people, and it took control of me," Storch said about his struggle with drugs. "I didn't even see it happening ... just going further out there. Then you look in the mirror one day and realize, 'Wow, I don't like what I see.' I knew I had to do something about it."

It took Scott almost three years, but he eventually sought help and is now in recovery working with counselors. He's even back in the studio working on tracks — the more work equals fewer distractions.

"I had a long run for, like, probably 10 years with no vacation," he explained. "I never went out. I was not the guy at the club. I was almost scared of going to the club. All of a sudden, I found myself working with certain artists from L.A. and hanging out in L.A. and being introduced to a whole new lifestyle ... and getting in trouble with them.

"It wasn't like an escape for me. It was more like I was having so much fun and, for the first time being let out of the studio, it was like the mad scientist on the loose," he continued. "All of a sudden, pictures were snapping and I was famous and it went to my head, I guess. I had to come back to earth."

His fall back to earth was a severe crash — he lost over $30 million in a matter of months, spending excessively on drugs, trips and other big-ticket items.

"We all think we're not going to get that point," he said about losing control. "It sneaks up on you real fast. ... You don't think it's affecting you, but it does. People probably didn't enjoy talking to me when I was high on cocaine, 'cause I had a friend of mine saying [recently], 'This is the first time I talked to you ever. You're focused on the conversation; you're focused on everything you do. You're more methodical with your thinking.' It's serious."

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