Has quitting cold turkey ever worked out well?
Jake Roberts doesn't seem to think so, and he's been there plenty of times. He talked to Chris Yandek about Ric Flair's current struggle with getting better following a health scare a few months ago that nearly killed him. Roberts said that he's been there many times before when it comes to wanting to quit drinking, but it's never that easy to just stop:
I even tried to help Mr. Flair and I hope Ric can do it. He's sure going at it with the wrong attitude. He thinks he snapped his fingers, that he can just beat it. There's a lot more to it. He's in the hospital and he's made that decision to quit drinking. My God, I made that decision a million times and he thinks that's all there is to it. There's a lot more to it because you know why he's in that hospital, that disease we call alcoholism is outside doing pushups getting ready for him to come out of the hospital. You're in a guarded position in the hospital. You know, there's not a lot of alcohol around.
When talking about his own situation, Roberts says that it is a struggle, but focuses on wanting others to get better:
I still struggle with, you know, not really feeling good about myself at times and I certainly give myself a reason to, but you know, enough's enough and you gotta move on and where I'm at these days, man I just want to reach out and help as many people as I can, because I know that each time I do that I'm closer to getting my dream come true and that's just to continue to live sober, you know, and to enjoy life.
Jake Roberts has been recovering from years of alcohol and drug abuse since 2012, when he moved in with Diamond Dallas Page in an attempt to get better. He's also battled cancer since then, and has beaten the disease.