Dustin Rhodes has accomplished a lot in his career over the past few decades, but he also had to battle his own demons. Thankfully, he conquered them all and now Rhodes stated that sobriety is his legacy.

Dustin Rhodes’ past struggles with substance abuse, notably highlighted during “The Plane Ride from Hell,” have been extensively documented. However, those days are now long in the past for Dustin Rhodes, and he has successfully overcome those challenges.

Dustin Rhodes previously shared that medicating to recover from a 1996 injury led him down a destructive path. Fortunately, Rhodes has overcome addiction and proudly remained sober for over 15 years.

While speaking to Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated, Dustin Rhodes talked about his journey, revealing that he considers his sobriety to be his most long-lasting accolade. Rhodes emphasized that each new day is an opportunity to stay on the path of recovery and lead a positive life.


My sobriety, that’s my legacy. And I understand it’s OK to have bad days. There will be better ones. Life has been an incredible teacher. I’ve learned a lot, and I plan on being clean and sober for the rest of my life.”

“I wasn’t seeing clearly back in the day, and I paid for it heavily. Sometimes, I’m still trying to prove myself, even when I don’t need to. I came out the other side. The devil is still sitting here, right on my shoulder. All’s I need to do is walk with him. But each new day, I tell him, ‘No, I’m going to be good today.’ So I’m not going to drink. I’m not going to do drugs. I have my sh– together, and I’m fixin’ to get on with my life.”

Dustin Rhodes is set to face Christian Cage for the TNT Championship on tonight’s AEW Dynamite. This match marks the first singles encounter between the two veterans since 2003, therefore it remains to be seen how Dustin Rhodes will fare in the match.

What do you think of what Dustin Rhodes had to say? Are you always inspired by his sobriety journey? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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