Athletes Like Golf Champ Tiger Woods Can Come Back from Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Need for Specialized Addiction Treatment for Professional and Collegiate Athletes Spurs Creation of Recovery Centers of America Special Program
EARLEVILLE, Md., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Golf champion Tiger Woods, in 2017, said he was trying to escape pain when he was charged with driving under the influence. A toxicology report later revealed that Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC in his system. A month later he entered a treatment program according to news reports.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate and professional athletes as well as collegiate athletes are not immune from this disease. “There’s a growing need for addiction treatment tailored to meet the special needs of athletes who lose their way either due to pressure or because of sports injuries and become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Our program is designed to meet that need and help all of these athletes make a comeback in life,” said Domenica Personti, CEO of Recovery Centers of America Bracebridge Hall.
Professional and collegiate athletes are required to perform extraordinarily under pressure. The mental and physical stressors of being a professional or collegiate athlete can push even the strongest of people to abuse drugs or alcohol. They may come into a great deal of wealth quickly and succumb to the partying lifestyle and temptations that fame brings. Athletes also endure high levels of pain from injuries sustained on the field and take substances to enhance their gameplay while injured.
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