State of Addiction: Kurt Angle’s addiction battle

State of Addiction: Kurt Angle’s addiction battle


4. ANDREW: WELCOME BACK. HIS DAD WAS AN ALCOHOLIC, HIS BROTHER HIGH ON DRUGS WHEN HE KILLED HIS WIFE, ACE SISTER DIED OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE. MT. LEBANON NATIVE AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KURT ANKLE THOUGHT HE COULD AVOID THE PITFALLS AND BECAME A WRESTLING STAR. SHANNON: NOT FAME OR MONEY CAN RESPECT YOU FROM ADDICTION. ANDREW: “CHRONICLE: STATE OF ADDICTION” HOW IT IMPACTS EVERYONE, EVEN THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY WOULD NEVER GO DOWN THAT PATH.>>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 IS THE DRIVING FORCE FOR ANY ATHLETE. HE FIRST GAINED THAT EDGE IN MT. LEBANON WHERE HIS PASSION TO BE THE BEST BEGAN. IT ALL STARTED ON THE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING MATS AND CARRIED HIM TO THE GREATEST STAGE IN ALL OF AMATEUR ATHLETICS. THE OLYMPICS AND THE GOLD MEDAL AND STRUCK GOLD WITH A BROKEN NECK THAT COULD TAKE HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN A DANGEROUS NEW DIRECTION. SEVEN YEARS AFTER WINNING GOLD HE BECAME ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.>>I WENT TO WWE AND I BROKE MY NECK, AND I WAS PRESCRIBED PAINKILLERS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, IT WAS 2003. AND WHEN I TOOK THE FIRST ONE I LOVED IT.>>HE SAYS THOSE PILLS AND THE RELIEF THEY PROVIDED MADE HIM FEEL INVINCIBLE BUT IT ALSO MADE HIM AN ADDICT? ONCE I TOOK THAT ONE PAIN KIMER YOUR BODY BUILDS A TOLERANCE, NOW IT DIDN’T WORK AND I HAD TO TAKE TWO AND TWO RAN INTO FOUR, FOUR RAN INTO EIGHT. I WAS TAKING 60 A DAY, THAT COULD KILL A HORSE. I FELT LIKE MY CAREER WAS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME. I WOULD DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO KEEP IT ALIVE. I NEW THE PAINKILLERS AS LONG AS I STUFFED MYSELF WITH PAINKILLERS I COULDN’T FEEL IT AND I COULDN’T FEEL THE PAIN AND I WOULD GO AS LOANING A LONG AS I COULD UNTIL MY BODY COULDN’T GO ANYMORE. ANDREW: HE GOT THEM ILLEGALLY, 2,000 PILLS A ENOUGH A SECRET LIFE HE DARE NOT SHARE>>AS A CELEBRITY I WAS TOLD DON’T TALK ABOUT IT, GO TO REHAB, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, WHEN YOU GET OUT PRETEND LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED. LOW POINT IN MY LIFE IS WHEN I REALIZED I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY FAMILY, MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND KIDS, AND ALSO MY JOB, I ALSO FELT LIKE MY COMPLETELY RUINED MY REPUTATION. I HAD FOUR DUI’S IN FIVE YEARS. ANDREW: THROUGH HIS WIFE’S INTERVENTION HE SAYS HIS LIFE HAS TURNED THE CORNER. IS SET DOING INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND TALK OF A POSSIBLE WRESTLING COME BACK. IT’S HIS OWN BATTLE OUTSIDE THE RING.>>THIS IS THE WORST EPIDEMIC IN HISTORY. ANDREW: HE IS LENDING HIS NAME TO A NEW APP TO HELP ADDICTS AND USING HIS FAME TO HELP THE FANS AVOID THE PITFALLS THAT ALMOST TOOK HIS LIFE.>>IT CAN CREEP UP ON YOU AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT’S GOING TO HIT YOU. KID LIKE TO DRINK ON THE WEEKENDS OR COLLEGE STUDENTS WANT TO RELEASE ON THE WEEKEND THIS IS A PATTERN EVERY WEEK. YOU’RE DOING IT EVERY WEEKEND YOU’RE MOST LIKELY GOING TO DO IT EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU GET OLDER. ANDREW: “CHRONICLE: STATE OF ADDICTION” AIRS WEDNESDAY AT 8:00PM FOLLOWED IMMEDIAT LE

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