While Kurt Angle may go down as one of the most loved and most entertaining athletes to step foot in the WWE, his addiction issues have been well-documented over the years.
During an interview on the Dan Le Batard show, the former WWE Champion revealed that he was taking 65 extra-strength Vicodin a day during the height of his addiction problems.
He said: “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.
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“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.”
The Olympic gold medallist revealed that his problems with addiction started in the run-up to the Atlanta Games. He fractured two of his cervical vertebrae at the national trials, which means he needed to take Novocaine injections in his neck in order to compete.
Neck surgery in 2003 kept him out of action for a while, and his health issues lead to more painkiller issues which he admits got out of control, despite beating his addiction and being put on a lower dose.
He then had multiple DUI’s during his time in TNA, and that looked as if his career was going on a downwards spiral again, and each time that happened a return to the WWE looked less and less likely.
Angle says he has been sober for three years now, and it seems as if his lighter schedule has had an enormous impact on his personal life, as he isn’t as stressed.
He continued: “I haven’t had any triggers. I think it has to do with that I don’t ever want to have that feeling again.
“I was merciless to that drug; I was doing stupid stuff, I was desperate, I was spending a lot of money for the medication. It took control of my life; I didn’t have anything else to think about than how I was gonna get that drug the next time I could get it.”
Regardless of what he did in his past, it was brave of Angle to admit his personal problems, knowing just how many people would be listening, including those over at the WWE headquarters.
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