WWE News: Matt Hardy Announces That He's Going to WWE Sponsored Drug Rehab

David BixenspanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2011

Matt Hardy announcing to the world that he's going to rehab.
Matt Hardy announcing to the world that he's going to rehab.

Earlier tonight, Matt Hardy posted a video on his YouTube channel announcing that he is going to be entering a three-month drug rehab program. His rehab stay was coordinated by WWE's talent-relations department, as the company has offered free rehab to all wrestlers who have had a booking contract with the company.

In the video, Hardy is clearly in a much different state of mind that we've seen him in recently. He's contrite, explaining that he developed an addiction to various pain medications after using them to cope with various injuries.

He chalked up his spiral out of control over the last month to "using something else to 'even things out.'" I've seen a lot of fans speculate that Hardy's behavior sounded like it was from overuse of Xanax or similar tranquilizers. That, combined with Hardy's admission, reminded me of a story from a Lance Cade interview not long before his death.

In the interview, Cade spoke about becoming addicted to "sleeping pills" while trying to detox off painkillers. It sounds like the same thing happened to Hardy and that's what took him from "just" a severe drug addiction to seeming like he was living on borrowed time.

He said that the last month has been the worst of his career, thanked WWE (singling out John Laurinaitis and Ann Russo of talent relations—Russo is in charge of setting up these rehab stays) and said that going to rehab is his "very conscious decision." 

He broke down crying (he's not much of an actor, so he seemed sincere) while talking about how much he loves the wrestling business and would like to give back and make things right by opening a wrestling school when he gets healthy.

This is a surprise, albeit a very pleasant one. I honestly didn't think he'd check into rehab, and without rehab, he was a statistic waiting to happen. I wish him the best of luck and hope that he comes out of this sober, happy and with a new outlook on life.