Pro Wrestler Gives Frank Discussion About Substance Abuse & the Road to Recovery

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A professional wrestler, raised in Pittsburgh, had a humble childhood, but became an Olympic gold medalist and an international star. He has also struggled with alcohol and drug abuse all his life. Recently, he has been telling the story of his fight to overcome addiction.

In the 1996 Olympic Games, the wrestler suffered a broken neck — yet still won the gold medal. That was only the first time his neck was broken, however. The second broken neck, during his professional wrestling career, was the one that got him started on the road to addiction, starting with painkillers.

After painkillers came morphine, Xanax, and alcohol. The wrestler spent seven years on all three of those drugs, risking his life.

He also said after winning his gold medal, nothing else was ever good enough, including his family or his multimillion dollar wrestling career. Nothing could feel as good as winning the gold medal. Though he didn’t feel like he had a problem, his life was getting out of control, resulting in several visits to a courtroom and multiple problems with DUI or reckless driving.

It took time in jail to get him to realize where he had gone wrong, he told the media.

Today, the wrestler says he has been clean and sober for more than a year and he is devoted to his family more than ever now.

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