Sometimes the wild ride of alcohol and drugs can bring a person to a new low in life, where they contemplate why they are breathing in the first place (in a tragic twist). Just ask Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, whose dangerous adventures with boozing and partying nearly ruined his future for good. Recently, during a speech at the Kennedy Forum (a group that promotes behavioral health), the renowned swimmer explained that people (like him) who suffer from depression do consider committing suicide at some points. Needless to say, the 28-time Olympic champion is back on his feet, but the uphill hike wasn’t very easy. Let’s take a look back at the wild ride of Michael Phelps’ battle with drug and alcohol use.
Turning to Self-Medication
Phelps explained that a mixture of hard work and determination is required to become a champion, but his ride was definitely rocky. According to the Baltimore native, he was ecstatic the moment he learned he was Olympic-level material, but his confidence quickly took a downward spiral after he lost by half a second in Sydney, Australia (2000). He points out that his overwhelming desire to bring home medals got the better of him.
In 2004, as Phelps explains, he officially sank into depression and started to self-medicate in an attempt to cope. That same year, the swimmer was charged with a DUI. Phelps describes his effort to use drugs as a means to mask his sadness and his disappointment.
Facing the Terrors of Reality
In the same interview, Phelps described his first treatment session as nerve-wracking and revealed that he was more terrified of what was to come rather than what he currently fought. One morning (at 6:00 AM), a nurse awakened him and asked him how he felt, to which he responded by saying he was angry and not a morning person. Once he started talking more about his problems, Phelps explains that he started to regain a stronghold in reality. After a while, he learned that it is okay to have problems (big and small), but you have to learn how to manage each one.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Throughout the decades, many famous people have suffered from severe (and particularly dangerous) cases of drug addiction or alcoholism, sometimes leading to particularly embarrassing or life-threatening situations that have been plastered across social media. Anyone at any time can fall victim to this terrible mental illness, and (quite frankly) all it takes to fall into that mud pool is one drink or one sniff. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily overcome this sickness and get your life back on track.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is suffering from a severe case of drug addiction or alcoholism, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you are seeking more information about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.