For many people, breaking free from the violent grip of drug addiction is a chance to start life all over again and to make up for past mistakes. No one can deny the terrible and nearly fatal side effects of drugs. Still, if the recovery process has taught us anything, it is that human beings (regardless of pressure or initial weakness) can overcome anything. Perhaps there is no better example of physical strength and power than some of our beloved athletes. From basketball players to Olympic gold medal swimmers, young people view these titans as role models and symbols of self-preservation, and when a titan can put his life back together after a terrible ordeal, thousands of people may feel a bit more motivated. Here is a look at two all-star athletes who beats the odds against addiction.
The champion quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Favre is a renowned athlete who dedicated a majority of his life to all American football. Shockingly, though, the former NFL player admitted to struggling with opioid addiction, although his descent into this problem was not intentional. During his career, Favre suffered multiple injuries and needed prescription painkillers to cope with severe pain. To function properly, Favre said he was consuming 15 Vicodin (2 weeks’ worth of a prescription) on a daily basis. Eventually, the quarterback successfully completed rehab before returning to the NFL.
Olympic gold medal swimmer Anthony Ervin had initially taken drugs to cope with symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome but eventually turned to alcohol abuse as another resort. After opening up about additional problems with sex addiction, the swimmer took the next step with rehabilitation. Once he successfully completed the program, Ervin returned to the Olympic Games and reached 5th place. Since that time, the gold medalist continues to struggle with a tendency toward addiction but has found solace in being a swimming coach to children.
Always remember that alcohol and drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug addiction and substance abuse troubles today.