W Morrisey (F.K.A. Big Cass in WWE), who recently made an appearance for IMPACT Wrestling at IMPACT's Rebellion PPV this past Sunday, recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet on Vliet’s “Insight” podcast on a number of topics, including his first stint in rehab being unsuccessful and what made him ready to be recovered.
W Morrisey said that his first stint in rehab was unsuccessful due to people around him saying he had to go to rehab.
Morrisey said, “It was people around me. That was the reason why the rehab didn’t work the first time. When you’re doing it to appease other people and make them happy, and make them see you in a more positive light, that is not the right intention. That’s going into it for the wrong reasons. A lot of people do go in for the wrong reasons and stay for the correct ones. I, unfortunately, wasn’t one of those people. I went in for the wrong reasons, and I relapsed immediately after I got out of rehab the first time, like hours after. I conditioned my brain to alcohol to such a point, I was mentally obsessed with it. Even when I was in rehab and I passed a liquor store, my brain would light up. Something would shoot off in my brain just seeing the liquor store. Deep down, I knew I was not going to stay sober. I pretended like I was and I lied to myself like you’re really going to do this, but deep down I knew I was not going to do it the first time.”
Morrisey then said that it became a matter of life and death, which is why he decided to make himself ready to get a recovery and to reach out for help.
Morrisey said, “It became a matter of life and death. I had a few more seizures after the one in Philadelphia. After I went to rehab, I had a few more seizures. It got to the point where I knew I was going to die. It was just a matter of, if I keep going down this path, I was going to die. There was a point where maybe I didn’t even care about that, but, for some reason, call it divine inspiration at this point, I did care. It was like, you can’t die. You gotta do something about this. I could have easily given up. I don’t know if it was some instinctual thing that told me, ‘You gotta keep going.’ The hardest thing was to reach out for help.”
You can check out W Morrisey's comments in the video below: