Professional Athlete Substance Abuse Treatment
From the very beginning of their careers, professional athletes are pushed to perform. The physical and emotional stress they go through from a very young age can take its toll, which can lead to substance abuse as a coping strategy.
These are either performance-enhancing drugs to boost their capabilities or painkillers to take the pain away from all the wear and tear of pushing their body to the limit. Not to mention the pressure of fame that can lead to alcohol and drug addiction.
The bottom line is — professional athletes are more vulnerable to substance abuse than most of the general population. When it comes to treating professional athletes, our goal at Fountain Hills Recovery is not just to treat their addiction, but to also get them back on the field and performing better than ever.
A Comprehensive Treatment Program Aimed at Athletes
We’ve developed an extensive athlete rehab program to properly approach the treatment and recovery of a professional athlete. Our performance sports therapy involves a mix of evidence-based treatments that have been scientifically proven as the most effective methods of treating addiction.
However, before we create a customized care plan, our sports therapy experts conduct a physical evaluation, followed by a psychological assessment. Based on the results of those tests, we are able to recommend methods that will yield the best possible outcome in record time.
Another thing our sports mental therapist will focus on is Dual-Diagnosis, which helps us determine if there are any co-occurring disorders present. Athletes are pressured to perform from a very young age. This makes them susceptible to developing mental and emotional issues like depression, anxiety, or even bipolar disorder. By acknowledging the root cause, a sports mental health therapist can treat it at the same time as the substance abuse habit, giving the patient a higher chance of achieving long-term sobriety and preventing relapse.
Our Professional Athlete Substance Abuse Treatment service includes:
- Alternative pain relief methods and holistic solutions that can treat chronic pain without the use of painkillers
- Meals prepared by a certified Chef who is able to make sure that the patient is getting the proper nutrition and hydration throughout the rehabilitative process
- A team of medical experts and a sports mental health therapist will guide the patient every step of the way
- Medication management and prevention of adverse reactions
- Access to a mental health therapist for athletes
- Secluded treatment center location, guaranteeing privacy
- Luxury amenities at the sports rehab center such as infinity pools and sports courts
If you’re a professional athlete and you need help, you are not alone. Contact us today via our company website or by calling at 480-681-1806. Find out why our team of expert sports counselors makes us the number one addiction sports rehab clinic in Arizona. You have a life worth living!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do athletes abuse certain substances?
High-performance athletes may appear self-assured on the playing field, but they face many challenges and pressures in sports and life. Some turn to substances, such as drugs and alcohol, to help them cope. Athletes travel often, play in critical competitions, battle injuries, and face many other challenges that can disturb their mental and physical health. For some athletes, substances offer a chance to escape.
Does performance enhancement play a role in substance abuse among athletes?
Performance-enhancing drugs are illegal in most sports. However, many professional athletes will attest that performance-enhancing drugs remain popular. Some athletes use these drugs to be bigger, stronger and faster than the competition. Human growth hormone and anabolic steroids claim to improve stamina, decrease recovery time and boost muscle development. While there appears to be a benefit to using these substances, there is often an additional cost to the individual and their family.
Is substance abuse among athletes linked to pressure and mental health?
Professional athletes face immense pressure on and off the court or field. Fans, coaches, teammates and family members push them to succeed. The constant limelight and pressure can lead to psychological distress. Athletes may turn to drugs, alcohol and other substances to alleviate this distress.
What are the dangers of substance abuse among athletes?
Substance abuse can lead to myriad mental and physical health problems. Some athletes may use opioids to combat the pain associated with injuries. Opioids may seem like a quick fix for pain, but they can be addictive, leading to significant health issues or overdose. Athletes may also turn to alcohol, cocaine, marijuana or other substances to ease mental difficulties and physical pain. These substances can hinder the athlete’s judgment, cause health issues and harm their careers. Athletes caught abusing certain substances may be sidelined, suspended or kicked off the team.
How can an athlete’s competitive nature lead to substance abuse?
Top athletes are inherently competitive. Their drive to succeed and be the best may make them want to speed up recovery when an injury occurs. Unfortunately, they may turn to opioids to mask the pain. This desire to compete even when a professional athlete is injured can result in a dangerous cycle of opioid abuse.
What is the link between retired professional athletes and substance abuse?
Retirement can take a toll on a professional athlete’s mental health. They may also face lingering physical health problems from sports injuries. For so many years, athletes eat, sleep and breathe their sport. Maintaining a happy and fulfilling life without the sport can be a challenge. Athletes may turn to substance abuse as a form of entertainment or to mask physical health problems. Limited insurance options can also cause retired professional athletes to self-medicate with substances such as alcohol, marijuana and others.
Fountain Hills Recovery is here to help.
Call us now at (800) 715-2004 to begin your journey towards a life free from the grips of substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.
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