Mike Tyson Recalls Humbling Rehab Experiences – “I’d Be Dead Without That”

Published 01/05/2021, 12:01 PM EST


Legendary boxer, Mike Tyson has opened up on his time in rehab. The icon of the sport had infamously struggled with addiction throughout his career. Therefore, in an attempt to get over it, he had gone into rehab multiple times over the course of his career.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – MARCH 06: Mike Tyson performs his one-man show “Undisputed Truth” in the Music Box at the Borgata on March 6, 2020, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

The legend has now spoken out about his time at the centers. He shared details explaining why it was a humbling experience and changed his life. He also claimed he would have been dead if not for the help received from the rehab centers.

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Speaking on the Impaulsive podcast with Logan Paul, Tyson said, “The best thing that ever happened to me was that I was in the recovery world. I’d be dead without that.”

He added, “I’ve been to like 20 rehabs.”

On these 20 occasions, you expect that Tyson had some powerful experiences. He went to explain why it was so humbling.

“You realize you’re not the only one. There’s people worse than you. And then you get humbled. Because you go in there with the evil… man, they don’t know what the f**k  I’m going through.”

“Ni**a I’m doing this, my mother died, my father died, I’m selling my body to these people. And then these people tell you some stuff and you say, ‘F**k! Sh*t!”

This comment showed that going to rehab made Tyson grateful for what he had. Which is something that he has preached about since.

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Mike Tyson says he found special people there.

Tyson did not stop there. He went on to talk about ‘the circle’.

“That’s why they have the circle because they want you to know there’s people worse than you. You ain’t nobody. That’s somebody special.”

Thus, it is clear that rehab changed Mike Tyson’s life. He realized that despite his fame, there were others who were fighting battles bigger than he could ever imagine. Furthermore, the legend has since lived by this learning.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Even today, Tyson keeps reminding others that there’s always someone fighting a tougher battle. That’s there is enough to be grateful for.

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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