Former WWE Star Kurt Angle Says He Was Taking 65 Vicodin a Day
Kurt Angle had a lot going for him. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and parlayed that success into a huge career in the WWE and other wrestling companies. But despite all his success, he battled addiction for two decades... it spiraled outta control to the point where he was taking as many as 65 extra-strength Vicodin a day... just to function.
During an interview on The Dan Le Batard Show last week, Angle openly discussed his pill addiction.
"I was on a lot," he said on the show. "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."
Angle said his battle with addiction began in 1996, during his preparations for the Olympics. He fractured two vertebrae and was forced to use Novocaine injections in his back to compete... which led to the use of pain killers. Then, he underwent neck surgery in 2003 and sustained back and neck injuries in 2004 while with the WWE.
At the time, he was able to get a grip on his addiction by himself, but after leaving the WWE for TNA in 2006, he started using prescription pills again, heavily, and mixed them with alcohol . That led to him being arrested for DUI four times over a five-year span.
Angle was eventually forced into rehab in 2013, where he stayed for 30 days and kicked his habit again.
"I finally got the right help," he said. "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 was the worst seven days of my life as well. I went through detox again. That time it stuck. You can’t do anything. You can’t think, you’re in constant pain, your body’s shaking, you don’t want to eat, you don’t want to do anything, you feel like you’re going to die. It’s the worst pain you’ve ever had in your life. And I went through it twice."
Angle has been sober for three years now, and has kept his distance from wrestling to keep himself on the straight and narrow.