Sean Waltman opens up about his journey of recovery from addiction

“Whenever I thought I finally hit bottom, or other people thought that, I would always prove myself and others wrong.”

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Sean Waltman has again addressed his recovery from addiction to multiple substances.

In an interview with the New York Post to mark this Sunday’s edition of ‘Biography: WWE Legends’, which focuses on the nWo, he pulled no punches in describing the lows that he reached.

Waltman has long been outspoken about his struggles with addiction and mental health issues, including an attempted suicide in 2008.

He said:

Whenever I thought I finally hit bottom, or other people thought that, I would always prove myself and others wrong. I’d hit another bottom. It’s just one of those things where for me where for the longest time I wanted to want to be better. I just felt like, ‘What’s wrong with me for not actually being able to do this?’

It just gradually happened for me. I can’t answer what rock bottom was. Because you would think hanging myself from the roof of my apartment in Mexico, or other really bad things, would be the thing that would do it — and they weren’t. I made progress but I would fall again.

Finally I just got around the right people, and the right resources, and I’m just really fortunate to have a lot of great people that didn’t give up on me. Or even that came into my life in recent years that felt like taking a chance on me.

Telephone resources for those in crisis:

  • USA

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

  • Canada

Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566

Wellness Together Canada: 1-866-585-0445

  • UK

Samaritans: 116-123

Narcotics Anonymous: 0300-999-1212

  • International Directory

Helpguide.org

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Based in Northern Ireland, Neal Flanagan is a former newspaper journalist and copy editor. In addition to reporting for POST Wrestling, he co-hosts The Wellness Policy podcast with Wai Ting and Jordan Goodman.