• Dealing with addiction for years, Jeff Hardy believes that it is his “last chance” to get things right
  • At 43, Hardy remains to be driven to exceed expectations
  • Hardy hopes to touch more lives and help people like him

Throughout his stellar career as a WWE superstar, Jeff Hardy has never deprived the public of delving into his personal life, especially when it comes to his real-life battle against alcohol and drug addiction.

Known by his moniker the “Charismatic Enigma” due to his high-flying antics inside the squared-circle, the North Carolina native recently shared that he’s currently at a pivotal point in his fight with his old habits.

“This is my last chance to get it right,” Hardy told Sports Illustrated. “Since my early 20s, it’s been a rollercoaster ride with addiction and alcoholism. I’ve had sober runs, doing good for a while, but then I’d always go back."

"Now I hope I’m done with that. As long as I stay on the straight and narrow, the sky is the limit,” Hardy added.

Back in May, WWE decided to incorporate Hardy’s battle with addiction into the storyline on television. However, it has been met with a critical and mixed reception.

The entire segment that involved fellow former WWE champion Sheamus may have been too much for many, but for Hardy, it was a big sigh of relief.

“For me, admitting on TV that I’m an alcoholic has been empowering,” he said. “It helps me remind myself of how bad it can be if I go back to that way of life."

Hardy hopes that through his platform as a WWE performer, he could touch more lives and become a living testimony that breaking the bad habit is achievable.

"I am blessed to do this, and I want to help people that have struggled like me. I hope I can be an example for people going through recovery," he stressed.

At 43 years, some pundits believe that Hardy's best days are behind him. But he is up to the task of proving them wrong in the ring.

“Between now and the year 2024, I want to be WWE Champion and Universal Champion, one time apiece, and main event WrestleMania one of those years. That’s the goal I just set for myself. Faith over fear, everything will be good,” he disclosed.

Hardy was recently drafted to WWE's flagship show, Monday Night Raw. He is currently in a feud with Elias.

With an opportunity to start all over again, he crosses his fingers that he could finally introduce his alter ego "Willow" in the WWE and work with the likes of "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt.

"It’s cool that pro wrestling allows all this creativity to exist. For me, it’s always been where my dreams come true, and it still is to this day,” he explained.

Hardy made an appearance at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event on Sunday, losing to Elias by way of disqualification.

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Jeff Hardy makes his way to the ring during the WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match as part of as part of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on November 2, 2018. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images