Matt Hardy Details Jeff Hardy's Latest Stint In Rehab
Matt Hardy has shed light on Jeff Hardy’s latest stay in rehab
The road to sobriety is a long and gruelling one, but it seems there could be some light at the end of the tunnel for Jeff Hardy after his most recent spell in rehab, following a DUI arrest in 2022.
Jeff’s trial ended in February 2023, and his brother Matt Hardy has given an update on Jeff, saying the following about ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ on a recent edition of the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast:
"The first thing Jeff did whenever he got the opportunity, he travelled to Florida and stayed 90 days and did an extensive rehabilitation stint. Really intense work on himself. Even after those 90 days, he was doing outpatient, where he was going every week. He probably did 170 days altogether when it was said and done, on treatment on himself, being there and trying to rehabilitate himself and get to the bottom of this, 'Why do you have issues? What causes this? How can we correct and change this?' It's one of those things, my brother, obviously, he's had so many addiction problems through the years, but he's never been this specific and in detail to try and work through it so much, really commit himself to this," said Matt.
Matt says that Jeff’s last rehab visit in 2021 occurred as their dad was dying, with Jeff unable to focus on his rehabilitation as a result. Matt further revealed that he believes this latest stay was different, and for the better:
"The reason I say it'll be different this time is because he went into it with a different mentality and he's never been this scared before. There was a lot of talk where they wanted him to go to prison for months and do this. They ended up working this deal where it was 30 days. One of the biggest things you're going to see with Jeff Hardy going forward is how he wants to share his story and help other people out. That's something he's been very adamant about already. He's been so motivated," said Matt.
Of all Jeff’s substance abuse issues, Matt says that alcohol has been the hardest for him to kick:
"This last time, alcohol was harder than anything else for him to kick. There was a time when he first came to AEW where he would go weeks without doing anything, but once he would get that little… get a little started, it would quickly turn to an avalanche, and that's just how he is and how his personality is. I think he understands that now more.
"The fact that he had so much on the line, and legitimately, this could have cost him a large chunk of his life. He was trying to do the work in treatment, he had legal people trying to help him out as much as they could. At the end of the day, he's not someone who has done violent, bad things that come from a terrible place. He's someone who had an addiction problem. I hate it. There is no way to justify someone being intoxicated, getting behind the wheel, and driving. It can't be justified. In this day and age, it should never happen. The help that he went and got during this time, I've seen a different version of him, and it's not one trying to play the game. Don't take my word for it here. Follow him going forward and we'll see what happens. Could I be wrong? Of course I could, but this is the most drastically different I've seen my brother," said Matt.