A WWE Hall of Famer spoke with about 80 Erie County inmates on Thursday about his struggles with addiction.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts talked with inmates for about an hour and shared stories of his addiction and how it grasped every aspect of his life.
Roberts says he has been sober for five years and told the crowd how each day is a struggle to stay away from his demons.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office says Roberts recounted his $300 per day cocaine habit and the moment a friend picked him up and moved Jake into his house and how it started his journey on the path to lifelong sobriety.
The inmates who participated in the discussion are addicts themselves and were able to ask Roberts questions and share their stories of struggle.
Roberts is an actor and retired professional wrestler. While wrestling, he was known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches and his invention and use of the DDT finishing move, which was named the "coolest" maneuver of all time by WWE. Roberts was inducted in WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
Thursday's appearance was Roberts' second motivational address to Erie County inmates.