When it comes to iconic lineups in the realm of sports, many people will still agree that one of the greatest teams of all time was the 1986 lineup for the New York Mets. Besides the iconic moment when Mookie Wilson hit a home run between the legs of Bill Buckner, the Mets of the mid-80s were the definition of “cool” athletes, with celebrity statues and larger-than-life personalities. Here was a group of men from New York, one of the largest cities on the planet, who loved to party all the time and spend plenty of hours with their fan clubs. Nevertheless, sports lovers are also aware of a time when two of the Mets’ star players nearly crash-landed after their first season and barely picked themselves up. Nevertheless, both Daryl Strawberry and Dwight “Doc” Gooden suffered from addiction that could have destroyed their lives. However, let’s take a closer look and see how Gooden’s problem nearly took a much nastier turn and ultimately lead to a public intervention.
Reaching out to Help a Friend
Although Strawberry’s addiction was drawn out over the course of his career, Gooden took a nosedive almost immediately. After police arrested the player for fighting with law enforcement in Florida, he returned to spring training and tested positive for cocaine consumption. Rather than being suspended, Gooden opted for rehab, which lasted from April to June.
At one point, though, Gooden’s sickness became so severe that his fellow addict reached out to help him. In an interview with John Harper of the New York Daily News, Strawberry said that he had to help his friend before he died. According to the interview, Gooden’s son tearfully called Strawberry after Gooden relapsed following the death of a loved one.
Putting a Stop to Sickness
Finally, the loved ones surrounding Gooden said they had had enough. According to one anonymous individual, they could not be enablers to the problem anymore and needed to put a stop to the sickness before it got out of hand. Although Strawberry may have taken a big risk by going public, he did Gooden a favor by making his circle of supporters a little bit bigger (try the whole world).
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Throughout the decades, many famous people have suffered from severe, and particularly dangerous, cases of drug abuse or addiction, sometimes leading to uncomfortably dangerous situations that are plastered across social media and the press. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In either case, 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