WWE News: Jake Roberts on addiction - "There were several times that I was basically trying to die"
Jake Roberts speaks about the dark times.
To promote his upcoming show at The Second City in Toronto, WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts recently spoke with the Toronto Sun.
For several years, Roberts fought with alcohol and drug abuse. Although, his life is on a better track now, Roberts admitted that there were instances when he wanted to commit suicide. The veteran wrestler absolutely hated the person he had become due to his addiction and didn’t desire to live :
“There were several times that I was basically trying to die. I remember cursing God and cursing the devil because neither of them had the balls left to take me. It was just the way that I felt, because I was just so disgusted with my life, and so ashamed at what I had become, and angry about blowing marriages and screwing my kids over. They were my children, and I was a lousy father. That’s the bottom line.”
He revealed that sometimes he used to consume up to one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine in a day :
“I was doing an eight-ball every day. And some days, it was two eight-balls. I went through a ton of money doing drugs. My drug dealer lives very well in a nice house, and he’s doing pretty well for himself, I guess. But it’s not him, man. It was me – I made that choice.”
During this interview, Roberts stated that he is enjoying the greatest time of his life now :
“I’m having the greatest time of my life right now,” he days. “Better than being in WrestleMania. I enjoy myself, and I’m happy with myself. I can look in the mirror and say, ‘That’s a cool dude right there; I like that guy.’ That’s something that I was never able to do until a couple years ago.”
Diamond Dallas Page helped Roberts to win the battle against his addiction. The Hall of Famer believes that if it wasn’t for Page then he may not be here anymore and now he feels that it’s his duty to help the others, who are also trying to quit their addiction :
“If it hadn’t been for somebody reaching out and helping me, I wouldn’t be here today. So, it’s my duty and my pleasure to reach out and help somebody else. It’s an amazing feeling, man, when some kid tells you, ‘Hey, thanks for getting my daddy back.’ That’s pretty cool.”