Another Second Chance after Alcoholism
A sad truth in our society today is that drug and alcohol addicts are often judged and deemed incapable of second chance opportunities. It’s true that there’s a high competition for jobs and opportunities but it’s very encouraging, especially for those who currently struggle with addictions or substance abuse, to see a comeback story from someone who has recovered from an addiction. For St. Louis Cardinals’ television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin, his second chance comes soon after he acknowledged his alcoholism and admitted himself into a treatment program.
McLaughlin has been calling St. Louis Cardinals games for 14 years, but he was arrested during the final week of the 2011 regular season on his second drunken driving charge in 13 months. After close evaluation, the Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest have decided to allow McLaughlin to return for his 15th season in 2012. They based their decision around the tangible changes that they have witnessed from McLaughlin since the incident. McLaughlin has aggressively attacked his problems with alcohol by going to rehab and he still goes to daily meetings regarding his alcoholism. He has also lost 75 pounds and has appeared to be changed for the better.
McLaughlin has avoided a fall from grace, but he claims that he’s a stronger person as a result of his situation. He has placed more importance on his sobriety, health, and family and has become a more grateful and humble person in the process. Alcoholism can take many things away from your life, as it almost did to McLaughlin’s life, but it’s how you respond to these challenges that ultimately defines you. Getting professional help for alcoholism can be a discomforting and upsetting admission, but it is a humbling experience that can get your life back on track. Seabrook House has had many alcoholic patients successfully go through treatment and return to normal lives with second chances. Our structured, nurturing programs, along with the principles grounded in the Twelve Step philosophy of recovery, combine to foster the kind of change necessary for a clean and sober life. Our wide range of addiction treatment services include intensive stabilization (also known as detoxification), individual and group therapy, and education in the biological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction in residential treatment. New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ) residents who struggle with alcoholism or substance abuse and are ready to make the commitment towards a successful recovery should consider the excellent and renowned addiction treatment right in your back yard— Seabrook House. Prove yourself and begin the path to your second chance through the excellent drug and alcoholism treatment services at Seabrook House.