Hardcore Holly had a long career in pro wrestling even before he was given the Hardcore title. He put his body through a lot of damage which required more than a couple surgeries in the meantime.
As he spoke to The Steve Austin Show, Holly was very candid about his addiction to prescription pain pills as a result of his neck surgery. He said that he got pretty bad, although it could have been a lot worse if he would have used alcohol in the process, which thankfully he didn’t.  But dealing with an addiction is a terrible thing to do no matter what substance you’re dealing with.

“When I broke my neck, I did end up getting into the pain pill thing and getting on those. And I was able to get off that stuff. And so, but that wasn’t easy, so I had to have help. I wrote about that in my book. I had to have help to get off that stuff and I did.”
“But that was the worst I did. I didn’t get into the alcohol. I didn’t get into the cocaine. I didn’t get into anything heavy like that. I mean, I did steroids. Whoop-dee-doo. But that goes without saying. When I broke my neck, that was the worst, the heaviest I got into anything as far as that you shouldn’t be doing, but, like I said, I got off that and everything.”
“I never drank and I never did anything else. I started taking too many [pills] and I was like, ‘this is ridiculous – I’ve got to stop,’ so I did.”

Hardcore Holly is living his best life right now and still appearing at indie shows for appearances. AT 55-years-old he is now down to around 215 pounds and he is no longer taking steroid either, which is also a great thing for him to have given up in the process.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription

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