Pro Boxer’s Post-Retirement Substance Abuse
It was only a few years ago that professional boxer Ricky Hatton took his (45-1) career record up against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, with each of the boxers netting a roughly $12 million dollar purse for the bout. At the time of the fight in 2009, Hatton was the pride of English boxing. He is a former WBA (Super), IBF, The Ring, & British light welterweight champion, and WBA welterweight champion. But after losing his last fight to Manny Pacquiao, Hatton decided to retire from boxing—and he’s had a rough time dealing with it.
Hatton has attributed his struggle to deal with retirement due to his binge drinking and drug use. In 2010 there was a large media fuss in England when a video surfaced on the web of Hatton binge drinking and snorting cocaine in a hotel room. The day after the video surfaced, Hatton was quick to admit that he was battling a health issues and he needed to attend a rehab clinic in London to begin intensive treatment. Hatton has been rehabbing and getting his life back in order since, but it was definitely encouraging to see him take the first and most important step in recovery—admitting that you have a problem and seeking professional help.
Many people turn to drugs and alcohol when they have trouble dealing with something in life. In Ricky Hatton’s case, it was due to the fact that his boxing career was over and he had trouble dealing with that—but just like any other situation, turning to drugs and alcohol will only make the problem worse. First admitting and understanding that you have a problem is a key, and then following that up by getting professional help is the way to get back on track. When it comes to alcoholism and drug abuse, it’s very unlikely that you can overcome these addictions on your own. There is excellent treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction today, and Seabrook House offers extremely high quality treatment and recovery programs. At Seabrook House, we are committed to providing quality addiction treatment for the physical, emotional and spiritual illness of chemical dependency. 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. Seabrook House is an internationally recognized inpatient drug rehab and alcoholism detox treatment center with rehab facilities located in New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), and an outpatient office in New York (NY). If you or a loved one struggles with drug addiction alcoholism, contact Seabrook House today to get on the road to recovery!