Former WWE Star Kurt Angle Discusses Addiction
In a recent candid interview, former WWE star Kurt Angle discussed his addiction to Vicodin and other substances. Angle revealed that he took up to 65 extra-strength Vicodin a day at the peak of his addiction, and initially thought he could conquer his problem alone before finally seeking help.
Angle joined the WWF in 1998 and encountered several painful health setbacks before his departure in 2006. During his career with the WWE he fractured two of his cervical vertebrae, requiring a 2003 surgery that led to his painkiller addiction spiraling out of control. Angle eventually began taking Xanax in addition to painkillers for anxiety, and blames combining medications with alcohol for the trouble that ensued. “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.”
Angle’s final DUI in 2013 is what convinced him to check into rehab and get the treatment he needed. On his 30-day stay at the St. Joseph Institute for Addiction in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, Angle says “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.”
Narcotics, more commonly known as opiates, are currently at the center of a worldwide addiction epidemic. It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids globally with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.
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