Chronicle: State of Addiction (Fame, Fortune & Addiction)

Chronicle: State of Addiction (Fame, Fortune & Addiction)


SALLY: HIS DAD WAS AN ALCOHOLIC. HIS BROTHER, HIGH ON DRUGS, KILLED HIS WIFE. HIS SISTER DIED OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE. BUT KURT ANGLE THOUGHT HE COULD AVOID THE PITFALLS THAT ENGULFED HIS FAMILY. HE BECAME A WRESTLING SUPERSTAR. BUT ANDREW STOCKEY SHOWS US THAT NOT EVEN FAME AND FORTUNE CAN PROTECT YOU FROM THE POWER OF ADDICTION GENETICS. KURT: I JUST WANTED TO BE THE BEST WRESTLER IN THE WORLD AND I FELT LIKE IT WAS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME. ANDREW: LOSING YOUR EDGE. IT IS THE DRIVING FORCE FOR ANY ATHLETE. KURT ANGLE GAINED THAT EDGE HERE IN MOUNT LEBANON. THIS IS WHERE HIS PASSION TO BE THE BEST BEGAN, ON THE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING MATS, AND IT CARRIED HIM TO THE GREATEST STAGE IN ALL OF AMATEUR ATHLETICS. AND HE STRUCK GOLD WITH A BROKEN NECK — AN INJURY THAT WOULD TAKE HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER INTO A DANGEROUS NEW DIRECTION. SEVEN YEARS AFTER WINNING GOLD, ANGLE BECAME THE ONE OF THE — BECAME ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. KURT: I WENT TO WWE AND I BROKE MY NECK AND I WAS PRESCRIBED PAINKILLERS WERE THE FIRST TIME BEST FOR — PAINKILLERS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. IT WAS 2003. WHEN I TOOK THE FIRST ONE, I LOVED IT. ANDREW: HE SAYS THOSE PILLS, AND THE RELIEF THEY PROVIDED, MADE HIM FEEL INVINCIBLE, BUT ALSO MADE HIM AN ADDICT. KURT: ONCE YOU TAKE THAT ONE PAINKILLER, YOUR BODY BUILDS A TOLERANCE AND I WOULD TAKE TWO AND TWO RAN INTO 4 FOUR RAN INTO EIGHT. I WAS TAKING 65 EXTRA STRENGTH VICODIN A DATE. — A DAY. THAT COULD KILL A HORSE. I FELT LIKE MY CAREER WAS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME AND I WAS GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO KEEP IT ALIVE. THAT IS WHEN PAINKILLERS — AND AS LONG AS I STUFFED MYSELF WITH PAIN KILLERS AND I COULD NOT FEEL IT AND I COULD NOT FEEL THE PAIN AND I WOULD GO AS LONG AS I COULD UNTIL MY BODY COULD NOT GO ANYMORE. ANDREW: HE TELLS ME HE GOT THOSE PAINKILLERS ILLEGALLY, TWO — 2000 PILLS A MONTH. IT WAS A SECRET LIFE HE DARE NOT SHARE. KURT: AS A CELEBRITY, I WAS TOLD DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT. GO TO REHAB KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND WHEN YOU GET OUT, PRETEND LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED. THE LOW POINT FOR ME WAS WHEN I REALIZED I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY FAMILY, A BEAUTIFUL WIFE, MY KIDS. AND I FELT IT COMPLETELY RUINED MY REPUTATION. I HAD FOUR DUI’S AND FIVE YEARS. — IN FIVE YEARS. ANDREW: HE’S SET TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME. AND THERE’S TALK OF A POSSIBLE WRESTLING COME BACK. BUT IT IS HIS OWN BATTLE OUTSIDE THE RING WITH THE ADDICTION THAT MOTIVATES. KURT: THIS IS THE WORST EPIDEMIC IN HISTORY. ANDREW: ANGLE IS LENDING HIS NAME TO A NEW APP, DESIGNED TO HELP ADDICTS AFTER THEIR INITIAL TREATMENTS. USING HIS FAME TO HELP HIS FANS AVOID THE PITFALLS THAT ALMOST TOOK HIS LIFE. KURT: I KNOW KIDS TO DO THIS BEST WHO — KIDS WHO DO THIS EVERY WEEKEND. IF THIS IS A PATTERN YOU DO EVERY WEEKEND, YOU’LL MOST LIKELY DO IT EVERY DAY OF YOUR

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