Sting Gives Details On Past Battles With Addiction

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Sting has opened up on his battles with addiction in the past, and how there was a point he knew it was only a “matter of time” before he died.

Whatever incarnation of The Stinger it was, by the time 1998 rolled around ‘The Icon’ was a household name within wrestling circles, spending much of his time at the absolute top level of the industry.

However, speaking with Players Tribune Sting has opened up on how bad things were behind the scenes, as he had become an addict who was only sober when he was doing his job.

I had every earthly thing you could ever want. And you know what? I was completely and utterly miserable. I was spiritually empty. I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I was an addict. The only time I was sober was when I was doing my job. The other 20-some hours of the day, it was a steady diet of painkillers, muscle relaxers and booze. A never-ending cycle. It was only a matter of time before I was dead. I knew it. But the physical and mental addiction to the opioids was so intense at that point that stopping was unthinkable.

Sting talked about how he started using painkillers in 1996 when it became difficult to juggle all aspects of his life and the need for rest.

And the pills were everywhere, back then. Somas, Vicodin, Lortab, muscle relaxers, whatever. They were floating around like candy. You could take them for pain, or to pass out on planes, or just to have a good time. For some reason, they were never my thing. But I just couldn’t sleep, and I had a million things going on, and so I thought…. Hey, what’s the big deal?

So when I got to my hotel room, I took a painkiller and drank two beers, and I slept like a baby for the first time in months.

He went on to add that by 1998 it was “inconceivable” that he would stop taking painkillers, and by that summer there was “complete hopelessness and despair in my eyes. It was not an act. It was not a character. I was lost.”

Fortunately in August 1998 he had what he described as a miracle, when he finally broke down to his wife about the level of his addiction and “stopped everything that day and put my life in the hands of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” He has been sober for the 24 years since that day.

At 62 years old, Sting can be now be seen wrestling in AEW where he has done some crazy dives, including most recently at Revolution during his six-man tag team match where Andrade El Idolo through three tables with a splash from the stands of the arena.