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Specialized Treatment For Athletes Affected By Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Professional and Collegiate Athlete Program

Athletes are taught to perform extraordinarily well under pressure – but even they aren’t immune from addiction.

Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall knows how difficult it is to admit when you need help, especially as a professional athlete. But addiction isn’t a matter of willpower, it isn’t a game you have to win – it’s a disease.

The mental and physical stress that comes along with being an athlete can push even the strongest of people to begin using drugs or drinking alcohol. This could be for a number of reasons, such as the intense pressure to perform well, injuries, physical pain, and retirement from a sport, says the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, which includes professional athletics, ranked second in past-month illicit drug use and third in past-year substance use disorder rates from 2008-2012.

If you’re an athlete, society holds you to a higher standard – you’re expected to be strong with no flaws. That puts a lot of pressure on someone in addition to the incredible amount of stress to perform well. My goal is to get you back into a structured environment, back into a regimen, because as an athlete, that’s when you’re at your best. This isn’t just about physicality – we’ll be working on your mindset, too. We’ll help you find your happiness again through healthy, positive goal-setting and a structured program focused on your well-being.”
– says Bracebridge’s Personal Trainer Paul Norris.

Bracebridge’s Athlete Program offers specialized, personalized, and individualized services for male and female athletes for any sport, at any level, including:

  • College
  • Professional
  • Active
  • Injured
  • Retired

Sitting on over 500 beautiful acres, Bracebridge has the ideal environment for sports recovery and training. We have amenities such as tennis courts, a golf simulator, sports equipment, batting cages (coming soon!), and acupuncture/cupping.*

*Acupuncture and cupping not included in the price of treatment

With our Athletes Program, our patients receive:

  • One-on-One Nutrition Evaluations: Bracebridge’s Dietician meets with patients twice during their stay to go over the science behind food, such as what foods keep energy levels high, how food plays into moods, foods to help beat urges and cravings, etc.
  • Nutrition & Meal Planning: Once a week for half an hour, our Wellness Coordinator looks at each patients’ current meal plan, dissects it, and plans healthy meals for the future.
  • Goal Setting: The assigned Therapist and Wellness Coordinator will work on setting short, mid-, and long-term goals targeted to the patient’s sport or area of interest.
  • Individualized Skills & Training: Personal Trainer Paul will create customized skills and training sessions perfect for a patient’s individual background. This could include batting cage time, dribbling and shooting skills, throwing techniques, or running routines for 45 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
  • Chiropractor & Physical Therapist: Our patients work with local chiropractors and physical therapists via Bracebridge’s partnerships to reduce pain and increase strength.

Meet Your Trainer: Paul Norris

Bracebridge’s Personal Trainer Paul Norris has been competing at a national-level for body building for the last 5 years.

Bodybuilding is all about structure and routine – having a strict diet for 27 weeks, eating 8 times a day, and doing 45 minutes of cardio mixed in with a 30-minute workout,” Norris says. “This is all on top of living life and getting things done. I have to bring the mental dedication just as much as the physical dedication. I try to teach this to every single person who comes to the gym. We’re in this together, we’re getting better together.

Paul’s background in body building and sports provided him with the knowledge, motivation, and experience to help our patients achieve their own personal goals, while fighting to beat their addiction one day at a time.

I’ve tried a little bit of everything – college football, baseball, and basketball, mixed martial arts, try-outs with the Phillies and the Mets, track, I learned more than just physical skills with these sports. The collaborative environment that comes along with sports helps me connect to people.
– says Norris

Bracebridge Hall is the ideal choice for addiction treatment on the East Coast for athletes of all levels, including college, professional, active, injured, and retired. Our Professional Athletes Program works in tandem with our evidence-based addiction treatment to help patients reach recovery. We understand the unique needs that come along with being a professional athlete, regardless of the level. Our recovery plan will be customized to your individual needs, while also working to identify the root cause of addiction.

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