Recent reports have shown a surprising connection between addiction and athletes. Researchers have found that those who participate in group sports have a higher risk of developing an addiction to drugs and in some cases, a drinking problem.
There are many factors at play when it comes to sports and addiction, but it is often not talked about. You may hear stories of athletes taking performance enhancing drugs such as steroids in order to play better, but there is another side when it comes to drugs and athletes. They can become addicted to drugs such as opiates or drink too much, just like any other person.
Many put athletes on pedestals and view them as pictures of health, but the physical and mental demands of playing sports can cause some players to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Physical pain is often something athletes have to deal with, and many will start by taking prescription opioids for the pain and later become dependent on them.
It is not just star athletes who play professional sports that are at risk of abusing drugs. An article in a 2015 edition of Sports Illustrated talked to the parents of a high school sports star who became addicted to drugs and eventually died of an overdose at only 22 years of age.
He started as a baseball player, and was seen by his peers as a guy with a future in sports. He was also described as fun to be around and an overall good person to know. He had a foot injury in junior high and had been prescribed OxyContin. He recovered from the injury and didn’t take the drugs again until a year later. When he was a senior he got into trouble that got him kicked off the team.
Because he was upset and ashamed, he turned to OxyContin to cope. He no longer had his prescribed drugs, but in his high school they were not hard to come by. There will “pill parties” thrown by his peers, so he was able to get them easily.
His parents found out and sent him to rehab, but he still wasn’t able to overcome his addiction. Just before high school graduation he found heroin, which gave him the same high at a cheaper price. He started smoking the drug and later turned to using it intravenously. He was able to hide it from his friends and family, but he eventually succumbed to his addiction. He was found in his car with a needle in his arm, dead from an overdose.
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It is not uncommon for athletes to become addicted to opiates. Like in the case above, many start using them because of injuries or pain due to sports. Statistics from the National Institute of Drug Abuse show that one in 15 people who take non-medical prescription painkillers – which is often what happens after someone takes them for medical reasons but gets hooked - will try heroin within the 10 years after. Heroin is cheaper and easier to get than pills, and has the same effect.
Drug addiction that starts with an injury isn’t the only reason that athletes get addicted. In the case of teenagers, experimentation is a normal part of growing up but some take it too far. In some cases, when someone plays on a sports team and becomes close to the other players, there can be intense pressure from teammates to follow suit in whatever activity they’re doing. This can be hazing new players, drinking or taking drugs.
Our culture also tends to link sports and partying together. Drinking is encouraged at most games. Alcohol is sold at sporting events, and beer commercials make up most of the paid advertisements during games. It should not be surprising that addicts are swayed by this type of mindset. While some can drink in moderation and never have a problem with it, others are more likely to develop a problem that requires help. If you need quality alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Raleigh NC, make your first call to Legacy Freedom. We can help you regain your sobriety.
Education seems to be the key in preventing athletes from developing an addiction. Many doctors who prescribe painkillers to people recovering from injuries do not talk about the addictive qualities of the drug. In the case of teenagers, it is important that parents and kids alike be warned of the dangers. Parents who are informed can keep an eye on their children.
Parents can also talk to their kids about drinking. It is often seen as a normal part of life that everyone enjoys, but teens are more likely to become addicted or get hurt because of drinking. Parents, teachers and coaches need to stress that underage drinking is not only illegal, but it can be harmful physically. The brain is still developing at that age and drinking or doing drugs can cause damage to the parts of the brain that control learning and memory.
When more awareness is made showing the connection between athletes and addiction, there can be more preventative measures taken to educate players, coaches and their families.
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