Kurt Angle built his entire career on being the strongest and the best – two-time NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, World Wrestling Championship freestyle wrestling gold medalist, 1996 Summer Olympics Men’s Freestyle Heavyweight gold medalist, six-time World Wrestling Federation (WWF) / World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) World Champion, six-time Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) World Heavyweight Champion, and one of the greatest pro wrestlers to ever live – but even he fell to the overwhelming power of opiate addiction.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Angle admitted that during the worst of his addiction, he was taking as many as 65 extra-strength Vicodin every single day. In the interview, he spoke about how bad his opiate addiction became after he switched from WWE to TNA:
“The thing is, everybody drank down there [in TNA]. So I started drinking with my meds. And then I started manipulating my meds. I would save all of them until the evening, and drink it with alcohol. And it got me in a lot of trouble — four DUIs in five years.”
According to Angle, his addiction began long before he became a pro wrestler when he suffered an injury during the National Trials leading up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. At first, he attempted to fight the problem the way he knew best – through brute force.
“I was on a lot — there was no way I couldn’t get out of it. The only thing I could do was eventually go to rehab and try to fix my life again. But I actually beat it on my own. I stayed in my house for about 10 days and didn’t leave, and I was able to get through the withdrawal.”
While that method may have worked for a time, eventually he relapsed and found himself in the same position as before. This time, he took the necessary steps to seek help and fight back his addiction for good.
“I finally got the right help. I tried to do it myself, but when you’re that deep into that stuff, you can’t do it on your own. You need somebody else’s help, and I finally reached out and I did what I had to do to get it done.”
It takes a strong person to admit they need help, especially when their entire career is built on the notion that they are the strongest person in the world. Over the past 80 plus years, Schick Shadel Hospital has helped more than 80,000 people fight their addictions and regain control of their lives. Contact us today by calling us at (800) 272-8464, or send us a confidential message and begin on your road to recovery today.