Admitting to a drug or alcohol problem can be difficult for anyone, but even more so for athletes. Often beginning at a very young age, athletes are under extreme pressure from family, coaches, fans, and themselves to excel on and off the field. They’re taught to never surrender, never quit, and win at all cost, which may be fine in the game itself. But, off the field, this sense of invincibility can hinder the athlete’s ability to admit that he or she has a real problem, and can therefore exacerbate an addiction.
“They’re taught to never surrender, never quit, and win at all cost…”
Cooke Recovery Center offers a specifically designed program that can make an athlete’s drug or alcohol problem easier to recognize and accept, thus allowing treatment to begin as follows:
- All patients receive a multidisciplinary assessment to determine the need for treatment.
- Family members join the patient and learn about addiction, the role of the family in treatment, and how the entire family can recover.
- Patients are divided into small treatment groups headed by licensed counselors. Counseling is based on the 12-Step philosophy, and is provided through individual, group, and specialized sessions.
- Partial Hospitalization Service is provided as the risk of withdrawal subsides, as physical complications improve, and as emotional crises diminish.
- Intensive Outpatient treatment includes continued therapy and education on relapse prevention. Patients reside at home, and often return to work or school during the outpatient treatment process.
- Continuing care provides long-term stability through regular monitoring and connection to the 12-Step Program, which helps recovering athletes remain clean and sober through peer fellowship and support.