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Addiction Treatment
For Athletes

Helping Clients Identify, Address, and Heal
from Addiction & Co-Occurring Disorders

Chardon Addiction Treatment Center

Professional athletes are among the most respected, well-paid, and revered people in our society. They provide millions of people around the world with entertainment and help produce billions in profits for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Many children idolize their favorite athletes and put them on a pedestal, while adult fans place great importance on the performance of their favorite teams and athletes. While it may seem like athletes have the life that everyone wants to live, it’s important to remember that they also shoulder a heavy burden while doing their jobs.

Many people are shocked to learn when a famous athlete has struggled with substance abuse. Fans might think: How could they throw their career away like that? If I were them, I would have never touched drugs or alcohol. Why would they do this to all the people who look up to them? Unless you’ve walked a mile in the shoes of someone who has chosen a sport as their personal career path, these may seem like fair questions. However, the reality is that many athletes fight a constant battle with addiction, and many more are constantly tempted to abuse drugs and alcohol before, during, and after their careers in sports.

The connection between athletes and addiction has been well-documented for years. According to a 2014 study examining athletes addicted to drugs, roughly 37% of athletes abused opioids at some point during their careers.[1] This is especially common considering that athletes often put their bodies in extreme situations, leading to chronic pain and lifelong injuries. Even if an athlete may seem “completely fine” after an injury or surgery, they might have difficulty stopping the pain medication in the months and years that follow. In fact, becoming addicted to painkillers is far too common in the sports world.

Painkillers are not the only type of drug that athletes abuse though. Being a professional athlete is a high-stress job that requires a person to perform at their best every single time they compete. This stress alone is enough to push many athletes, both professional and non-professional, to abuse drugs that may enhance their performance, putting their careers and reputations on the line.

If you or a loved one is an athlete, you don’t need to search for help any longer. At Prosperity Haven, we offer discrete, specialized drug and alcohol treatment for athletes. Our programs address the specific needs and unique experiences of competitive athletes. Continue reading to learn more about inpatient drug and alcohol rehab for athletes and to see how it could save you or someone important in your life.

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Why Athletes With Addiction Need Specialized Care

Athletes often begin their careers at a very early age. Some of the most well-known athletes in the world began playing sports or competing at the junior level before they even finished elementary school. This means that sports and competition are frequently engrained in their psyche long before they have any idea that they would use their skills to make money. This level of dedication is impressive, but it can also put a lot of pressure on athletes to succeed. From Olympic gymnasts to professional football players, the pressure to “be the best” is often too much to handle.

It can also be more difficult for athletes to recognize if and when they have a problem. They see that they have plenty of fame and money, so they might not see the need to seek out treatment. This can result in an otherwise minor substance abuse issue growing into a deadly addiction. Lacking the ability to take hold of an addiction can make the treatment process even more difficult.

And like many people who work in the spotlight, athletes are often afraid to risk their reputations by admitting to drug abuse. This is especially true if they have used performance-enhancing drugs. Simply seeking out treatment could put their entire career on the line.

Injury is another very common reason that athletes turn to drugs or alcohol. An athlete may get a season-ending injury that requires surgery. This could lead to opioid abuse, or even abuse of alcohol or other drugs to subdue the stress of being temporarily unable to compete. Some injuries can also end careers in the blink of an eye or cause permanent damage to the brain. Not only can this be devastating for an athlete and their family, but it can also lead to mental health issues that exacerbate substance abuse among athletes.

What is Dual Diagnosis?Why Athletes With Addiction Need Specialized Care

Athletes often begin their careers at a very early age. Some of the most well-known athletes in the world began playing sports or competing at the junior level before they even finished elementary school. This means that sports and competition are frequently engrained in their psyche long before they have any idea that they would use their skills to make money. This level of dedication is impressive, but it can also put a lot of pressure on athletes to succeed. From Olympic gymnasts to professional football players, the pressure to “be the best” is often too much to handle.
It can also be more difficult for athletes to recognize if and when they have a problem. They see that they have plenty of fame and money, so they might not see the need to seek out treatment. This can result in an otherwise minor substance abuse issue growing into a deadly addiction. Lacking the ability to take hold of an addiction can make the treatment process even more difficult.
And like many people who work in the spotlight, athletes are often afraid to risk their reputations by admitting to drug abuse. This is especially true if they have used performance-enhancing drugs. Simply seeking out treatment could put their entire career on the line.
Injury is another very common reason that athletes turn to drugs or alcohol. An athlete may get a season-ending injury that requires surgery. This could lead to opioid abuse, or even abuse of alcohol or other drugs to subdue the stress of being temporarily unable to compete. Some injuries can also end careers in the blink of an eye or cause permanent damage to the brain. Not only can this be devastating for an athlete and their family, but it can also lead to mental health issues that exacerbate substance abuse among athletes.

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What Is Addiction Treatment For Athletes?

Athletes with drug addiction can have very complex lives that require nuanced attention and treatment. Performance and fame are often two causes of stress that can lead to substance abuse among athletes, but these are not the only factors to consider. At Prosperity Haven, we implement a multi-faceted approach to treating addicted athletes that involves detox, therapy, and holistic healing. We also use specialized techniques and care to focus on the unique needs of athletes, targeting common issues like performance-related stress, injury-related stress, physical exhaustion, and post-career trauma.

Performance-Related Stress

If athletes don’t perform well, they don’t get to compete. It’s really that simple. This means that athletes at every level, from little league to the pros, are encouraged to play at peak performance every single time they compete. Despite the risks involved, many athletes turn to performance-enhancing drugs to outperform the competition. Not only does this put extra stress on the body, but it also creates psychological stress, as it is something that must be kept secret to avoid disqualification in nearly every kind of sport.

How an athlete performs can also impact hundreds, thousands, or millions of other people. An athlete who plays at the professional level may face constant criticism in person and online, making it difficult to regain their confidence and continue their career in peace. Many famous athletes turn to drugs and alcohol to simply drown out the noise of disgruntled fans, critics, and detractors.

College athletes are also more inclined to engage in the “party culture” on campus as a way to unwind from their intense schedules. Many college athletes are expected to keep their grades high while also eating specified diets, engaging in daily workouts and practice sessions, and competing on a regular basis. As a result, roughly 85% of college athletes drink alcohol regularly, while 28% regularly use cannabis. Since many college athletes are afraid to admit that they are abusing drugs or alcohol, it is unclear what percentage of college athletes have developed addictions.

Injury-Related Stress

Injuries happen all the time in sports. Competitive cycling, basketball, and football are among the worst offenders, but athletes in virtually every sport are at high risk of injury. When an injury occurs, it can potentially lead to substance abuse for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a doctor prescribes opioids to an injured player to reduce pain, and the player begins to abuse the drugs for their numbing effects. Alternatively, a player might have to continue competing while dealing with injuries, causing them to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Long-term injuries, particularly brain injuries, can also completely change an athlete’s behavior and pattern of thinking, potentially leading to substance abuse.

Physical Exhaustion

Even when diagnosable injuries are not involved, many athletes have to deal with extreme exhaustion on a daily basis. Performing on your own or with a team can be both mentally and physically tiring, but competing for years can cause your body to feel perpetually exhausted. Some athletes may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to “unwind” after practice, while others may abuse stimulants to have extra energy.

Post-Career Trauma

Retiring from sports may be a relief to some, but many athletes struggle with the sudden lack of competition in their lives. For years, they may have grown accustomed to the physical and psychological pressure, the screaming fans, the money, and the sense of purpose and direction in their lives. Since most athletes retire much earlier than non-athletes, this leaves them with a lot of time that must be put toward something else. This can be extremely stressful and traumatic for some retired athletes, who may turn to drugs or alcohol to fill the void left by sports.

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

Co-occurring Disorders TreatmentWhat Is Addiction Treatment For Athletes?

Athletes with drug addiction can have very complex lives that require nuanced attention and treatment. Performance and fame are often two causes of stress that can lead to substance abuse among athletes, but these are not the only factors to consider. At Prosperity Haven, we implement a multi-faceted approach to treating addicted athletes that involves detox, therapy, and holistic healing. We also use specialized techniques and care to focus on the unique needs of athletes, targeting common issues like performance-related stress, injury-related stress, physical exhaustion, and post-career trauma.

Performance-Related Stress

If athletes don’t perform well, they don’t get to compete. It’s really that simple. This means that athletes at every level, from little league to the pros, are encouraged to play at peak performance every single time they compete. Despite the risks involved, many athletes turn to performance-enhancing drugs to outperform the competition. Not only does this put extra stress on the body, but it also creates psychological stress, as it is something that must be kept secret to avoid disqualification in nearly every kind of sport.

How an athlete performs can also impact hundreds, thousands, or millions of other people. An athlete who plays at the professional level may face constant criticism in person and online, making it difficult to regain their confidence and continue their career in peace. Many famous athletes turn to drugs and alcohol to simply drown out the noise of disgruntled fans, critics, and detractors.

College athletes are also more inclined to engage in the “party culture” on campus as a way to unwind from their intense schedules. Many college athletes are expected to keep their grades high while also eating specified diets, engaging in daily workouts and practice sessions, and competing on a regular basis. As a result, roughly 85% of college athletes drink alcohol regularly, while 28% regularly use cannabis. Since many college athletes are afraid to admit that they are abusing drugs or alcohol, it is unclear what percentage of college athletes have developed addictions.

Injury-Related Stress

Injuries happen all the time in sports. Competitive cycling, basketball, and football are among the worst offenders, but athletes in virtually every sport are at high risk of injury. When an injury occurs, it can potentially lead to substance abuse for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a doctor prescribes opioids to an injured player to reduce pain, and the player begins to abuse the drugs for their numbing effects. Alternatively, a player might have to continue competing while dealing with injuries, causing them to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Long-term injuries, particularly brain injuries, can also completely change an athlete’s behavior and pattern of thinking, potentially leading to substance abuse.

Physical Exhaustion

Even when diagnosable injuries are not involved, many athletes have to deal with extreme exhaustion on a daily basis. Performing on your own or with a team can be both mentally and physically tiring, but competing for years can cause your body to feel perpetually exhausted. Some athletes may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to “unwind” after practice, while others may abuse stimulants to have extra energy.

Post-Career Trauma

Retiring from sports may be a relief to some, but many athletes struggle with the sudden lack of competition in their lives. For years, they may have grown accustomed to the physical and psychological pressure, the screaming fans, the money, and the sense of purpose and direction in their lives. Since most athletes retire much earlier than non-athletes, this leaves them with a lot of time that must be put toward something else. This can be extremely stressful and traumatic for some retired athletes, who may turn to drugs or alcohol to fill the void left by sports.

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Prosperity Haven - Drug & Alcohol Rehab For Athletes in Ohio

Prosperity Haven offers athletes a way to move past the stress and difficulties of sports with sober living. We provide a safe and discrete environment in which athletes can recover and learn the skills they need to avoid substance abuse in the future. Whether you’re a semi-professional athlete addicted to opioids or a retired athlete struggling with alcoholism, we have specialized rehabilitation and care plans to accommodate your unique circumstances. By getting help at Prosperity Haven in Chardon, Ohio, you can access an alcohol and drug rehab for athletes and get the care you need as soon as possible.

Want to learn more about alcohol and drug rehab for athletes? Reach out to the experts at Prosperity Haven today.

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