Kurt Angle | Sober, Overcoming Prescription Medication Addiction and Alcoholism. WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist
Kurt Angle opens up about the road that led him to prescription medication addiction and alcoholism, and his ultimate fight: The path that he took to achieving, maintaining sobriety, and inspiring others.
Kurt speaks on the untimely death of his father due to a work accident when he was only 16. The memories of his father's alcoholism. This wasn't Kurt's only tragic loss. His mentor and his wrestling coach, David Schultz, whom he regarded as a paternal figure was tragically killed by John du Pont as detailed in the film Foxcatcher. Kurt would go on to win the Olympic Gold Medal in the heavyweight amateur wrestling class despite having a broken neck.
Kurt would eventually go on to join the WWE achieving superstardom and capturing many championships, but not without a cost: suffering several more broken necks. Eventually, he started abusing prescription medication and refused to seek treatment. Leading to his departure from the WWE and moving to TNA Wrestling. During his time in TNA, he began to add alcohol and Xanax to his growing habit, stating he was taking up to 65 Vicodin a day. After his 4th DUI, his second wife told him that she'd leave him if he didn't seek help. Kurt realized that he'd lose his wife, 6 children, job, and his life if he didn't change. He heroically took on his battle with addiction as he did in amateur wrestling and the squared circle in professional wrestling. Coming towards 8 years sober, Kurt has become an inspirational and motivational speaker to those seeking and practicing sobriety, as well as others looking to make positive life changes. This is Kurt Angle in his own words on Knockin’ Doorz Down.
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