WWE Kurt Angle visits Inspirations Youth Teenage Drug Rehab
Karen Corcoran Walsh, co-founder and owner of Inspirations for Youth Teenage Drug Rehab introduced wrestling great Kurt Angle to the teens receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment at her drug rehab.
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Angle endured a series of Tragedies in his Life
Here are excerpts from the Kurt Angle Speech
Kurt Angle: “When I was 16-years-old my father died in a construction accident. He was an alcoholic. He was a prisoner of alcohol. It cost him his life on the job and he was under the influence. He had a .3 level of alcohol in his system at the time of the accident, which was three times the legal limit.
Then ten-years later my coach Dave Schultz was shot and killed by a business associate, who was an alcoholic and drug addict. He was also high at the time. Seven-years later, in 2003, my sister died from a heroin overdose. It was the hardest day of my life. She was only 40-years-old. She lost her life at such a young age.
Three-years ago, my brother David, who was an alcoholic and drug addict, killed his wife with his bare hands. At the time they were both high on drugs.
Angle took the other path away from Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Looking back at my life, I refrain from doing drugs. I saw what drugs can do to my family. They were always having problems with drugs. My father obviously had an issue with alcohol.
I did everything I could to stay away from drugs or alcohol. As a matter of fact, I never drank at all. Throughout high school and college I was always career driven and a great student. I was a junior national champion in high school, a two time NCAA champion in college. I went to the World Championships in 1995, where I won a gold medal. And I won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.
Angle enters Professional Wrestling
My amateur career parlayed into a professional career with WWE, where I won six world titles. I was known as the greatest professional wrestler at one point in my career.
2003 Defining Moment for Kurt Angle
But in 2003 – right at the time my sister died from a heroin overdose – I broke my neck for the second time. And it was at this time I was introduced to pain killers.