Substance Abuse Treatment


There are a wide number of reasons that athletes turn to drugs. Current athletes face tremendous pressure to excel in competitive games, understanding that winning earns them far more than a pat on a back – being an amazing athlete can lead to fame and fortune. The amount of training and pressure to surpass others can be overwhelming. While most athletes know that the best way to victory is through dedication, training, strength, and a team approach, others may choose to use drugs to boost their efforts, cope with stress, or increase their confidence.

However, its not just current athletes that are at risk for substance abuse problems. Ending a long career, often one where they have constantly been in the spotlight, and transitioning to the life of retired athlete can be hard for many individuals who have spent the majority of their life dedicating themselves to their sport. Many previous athletes may find themselves at a loss for what to do with the next chapter of their lives and as a result of either boredom, depression, or both, may decide to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Without the cheer of a crowd or the rush of adrenaline they get before a big game, retired athletes can quickly feel irrelevant. Additionally, many athletes are left with the ramifications of years of putting their bodies through strenuous activity causing them to turn to drugs or alcohol to help reduce the chronic physical pain they experience.

Athletes Recovery is dedicated to providing athletes a private, confidential treatment approach for drug misuse designed specifically to meet the needs of professional and collegiate athletes – active and retired. Our care is rooted in the principles of recovery with an added emphasis upon spiritual, emotional, and personal growth designed to transform the lives of those we treat as they embark upon their journey toward recovery.


Why Seek Treatment for Drug Misuse at Athletes Recovery?

If you have been misusing drugs, you are probably aware of the potential negative health consequences. Perhaps you hide your drug abuse from your loved ones, not wanting to worry them or out of fear that they won’t support this behavior. You may have gone into using drugs as a means to build strength, mask pain, deal with stress, cope with distressing emotions, or as a way to stimulate your body, only to realize that your have become dependent upon the drugs. You may feel trapped in a vicious cycle of drug abuse and attempts to quit. One of the most effective ways to treat drug abuse can be an inpatient treatment program based around the 12-step model of addiction recovery, as it can teach you the skills you need to lead a healthy, sober life. A private inpatient treatment program will allow you to escape from the pressures of daily life and devote your energy to what matters most – recovery.

Program Philosophy and Benefits

Athletes Recovery is a private, confidential program tailored specifically for athletes, both current and retired, struggling with challenges that have developed as a result of their drug abuse. Our culturally-competent, compassionate, and experienced treatment staff works tirelessly to provide each client we treat with an individualized, rigorous, client-centered plan of care that meets the unique needs of athletes. The services we offer our clients are based upon the mental and physical regimes our athletes are inherently familiar with; treatment places a strong emphasis upon strength and accountability of team.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Treatment Options at Athletes Recovery

When you first arrive at Athletes Recovery, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation to help us determine a treatment approach that best meets all of your needs. The confidential medical assessment will determine any medical problems you are facing and begin treatment for these challenges, while the psychological evaluation will allow us to determine if you are struggling with any co-occurring disorders. Your treatment team will take the results of these evaluations and work with you to create a treatment plan that will ensure all of your needs are being met throughout your stay with us.

Detoxification may be the first step in your treatment process if your body has become physically dependent upon drugs. Our medical team will provide medically-monitored detox, which will allow us to safely and comfortably remove any drugs in your system as we monitor you for safety and comfort. During detox, you will begin building upon the strengths you already have in order to address the psychological conditions related to addiction.

Individual therapy will allow you to confidentially discuss the challenges you are facing and work through the problems that drug abuse has caused in your life. You will be able to explore the unique difficulties faced by athletes and work on ways to manage stress, expectations, and learn how to cope without drugs.

Group therapy will be greatly beneficial as it allows you the chance to work through all addiction related problems with other athletes who can truly understand the challenges you face. Together you can work to develop the coping strategies you’ll need during your journey to recovery, while gaining additional insight and support.

Family therapy can be very important for our athletes as being on the road for much of the year can lead to strained relationships with family and loved ones. It is also important for those athletes who are newly retired, who are learning to reintegrating to family life once again. We will use family sessions to help you and your loved ones come together and support one another during this difficult time.

As we treat the whole person, Athletes Recovery is proud to offer a number of additional treatment approaches designed for our athletes. These may include:

  • Exercise and weights
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Physical therapy
  • Educational therapy
  • A.A. and N.A.
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Animal therapy

Continuing Care

As the time for you to discharge approaches, you’ll work with your treatment team and family to determine the next best steps in your recovery journey. Some of our athletes find that they’d like to transition from Athletes Recovery into a sober living facility to practice their new found sobriety skills and slowly adapt to life without drugs. Others may feel that they have made enough progress to continue their recovery on an intensive, rigorous outpatient basis in either a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both PHP and IOP programs allow our athletes the opportunity to work on their therapy during the day while slowly reintegrating back into their community in the evenings. Still others may discharge home with a sober coach, traditional outpatient therapy, and community resources.