‘I thought I was going to die’: Matt Cooper opens up about his battle with addiction
NRL legend Matt Cooper has opened up about his addiction to painkillers.
The situation came to a head in 2016 when he thought he would never see his daughter again.
“Holding my daughter’s hand, thinking I was going to die… it was a very, very tough time,” Matt told Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings.
“That moment saved my life.”
Cooper had 15 operations during his 15-year rugby league career, which brought painkillers into his life.
After his career, it took hold.
He said people could stand to be better informed when painkillers are handed out, but he’s not avoiding responsibility.
“I don’t blame the doctors. I blame myself.”
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