Jake Roberts on Why Rehab Didn’t Work for Him & Scott Hall

Mike Killam

Jake "the Snake" Roberts did a very candid interview with PWTorch (full article here), and detailed why several stints in WWE-sponsored rehab did not work for him on the road to recovery. 

"The hard thing about rehab is we're not stupid. We know it's 'Don't drink, don't drug, go to meetings.' That's not what cures you, though. That's simple. It takes a lot more than that. You come out of rehab and you've been in rehab for four months – I'm very thankful that Vince McMahon and WWE placed me in a couple of rehabs – but when you come out of that rehab, you have to go back into that real world. The real world is full of people who don't want to see you succeed, plus you've been in rehab for four months and when you come out, you have four months of child support and rent waiting for you. You're flat broke and you got all these people calling you. You're getting pressured and you're not ready for the real world. So, that's a pretty good set-up for failure." 

He also spoke on his success living with Diamond Dallas Page, and the recent move-in of Scott Hall. 

"I got Scott Hall here now. I'm so excited for Scott and so excited for me because I need Scott here. The reason being that there are a lot of things that happen in a junkie's or drunk's minds that don't happen in a normal human being's minds. Him and I will have moments where there's a rough spot happening. There are still issues to work around. And he understands it.

"I'll tell you something about Scott. It's respect and you know Scott and I do have a relationship. We were at rehab before together and unfortunately I got there quite a bit before him. And, I was leaving, but before I could leave, he just bolted and took off. The counselors came to me like, 'It's your fault.' I'm like, 'Wait a minute, it's not my fault.' But, that's not what they meant. They meant the reason why he left was because I wasn't going to be there for him and with him."

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