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This is not the easiest thing in the world for me, writing about my alcoholism. I was a professional athlete for many, many years. I was always the center of attention, surrounded by people who only knew how to say one thing ”,yes.” Coaches, friends, teachers, women… even the law. My ability to put a ball in a basket got me a lot of attention and on more than one occasion got me out of trouble with the police. All the while I partied, a lot. I started drinking in high-school, using drugs in college and once I got to the pro’s I really turned it up a notch. But nothing ever seemed to be wrong. I made a ton of money and people would always cover for me. I never thought I was an alcoholic. Literally, the day after I retired, I was sitting home alone. I poured myself a drink, and started crying. I had no idea what to do with myself. I kept drinking, and drinking… for 30 straight days. It was during that time, with no one else around, no one to cover for me, no one to answer to, that I realized I had a problem. I’m not saying I enjoyed myself during that 30 days, it was miserable. But now, after 6 months sober, I am glad I went through it. It is something I learned at alcohol rehab, that I had to go through that time to get here. Wow, I guess that wasn’t that hard.
Alcohol rehabs have kept a lot of people around who could be dead right now. I went to alcohol rehab and it saved me from certain death. Oh yeah. I was a stone cold drunk, as the old folks put it. My life was definitely on the verge of ending if something wasn’t done about my raging bout with alcoholism. I had known that for quite some time before I actually started checking out alcohol rehabs. I was at the terrible point in my addiction where I didn’t know which way was up and I couldn’t imagine doing anything without a drink or two in my hand. It was gnarley. No person should ever have to live like that because it is a terrible nightmare that is almost impossible to wake up from. Can you imagine feeling like you are slowly, but surely, disappearing? It ain’t no ride on the roller coaster, I can tell you that. My life was ruled by my alcoholism just like countless other misguided people in this society. Alcohol rehabs are really the only way to help people who find themselves in such a predicament. If it weren’t for the help of alcohol rehabs I wouldn’t be here today.
Drug and alcohol rehabs are beginning to show up in all kinds of places. Why? I guess it’s because people with drug addictions are starting to surface in more places than most people thought possible. It happens. Drug addictions aren’t really the coolest thing to put your town on the map with, but the fact that they generate awareness about drug abuse and the right way to treat it is phenomenal. What better way to learn that drug addictions are real than to have them pop up in your own neck of the woods? Drug abuse and severe drug addictions are never going to go away. Alcoholism is a monster that has a good way of hiding, but it will always be around, too. Pretending that they will never come close to your stomping grounds may actually be the best way for them to thrive. Where I’m from, people have always tried to act like drug addiction and alcoholism were things that happened in other parts of the world. It wasn’t until people started coming up with the severest of addictions that the community started getting a clue. It was good in one way and bad in the other. I mean, it sucked that people were getting hooked on drugs, but it was great that to find a drug and alcohol rehab in any area is becoming so much easier. Drug and alcohol rehabs should be everywhere because drug addictions and alcoholism will never stop seeking out new places to go and new people to attack. You know I’m right.