In a recent interview with Denise Salcedo, TNA Wrestling star Mike Santana discussed several topics, including opening up on his battle with addiciton, the letter that changed everything and more.

“A lot of the things that I dealt with in my life I kept inside and I never dealt with, and when my Dad passed away, it was like, finally the soda bottle that I was shaking exploded. I couldn’t last more than a day or two without self-medicating, because my body was already used to it, and that’s when I went alright, I have a problem. Dealing with shame and dealing with the guilt, I didn’t speak about it to anybody, I was able to hide it, and then finally, when I got hurt, I’m home now and by that point I was already an addict and there was no way of hiding it anymore, and being out for days on end, disappearing, that’s when I was like alright, yeah it’s an issue.”

Santana stated that when his daughter wrote a letter to Santa Claus wishing that her father would stop drinking, that was the moment that he knew that he had hit rock bottom, which was mentioned in a TNA Immersed episode. Santana stated that the letter his daughter wrote caused him to turn things around, ask for help, and go to rehab, and that she saved his life.

The full interview is available at this link.