Ex-NFL QB Discusses Addiction
Former Patriots, Jets, Dolphins and Ravens quarterback Ray Lucas is one of many former athletes that have struggled with prescription pain medication addiction. Fortunately Ray has gotten past his darker days with pain killers and now hopes that others can learn from his recovery. Prescription pain medication addiction can be a very powerful and difficult to shake— so any insight, inspiration, or tips for a more successful recovery can be very valuable for someone who is currently struggling with addiction.
Lucas, now 39, struggled for years with a painkiller addiction after he suffered severe neck injuries from playing football. There was a time where Lucas was taking roughly 800 pain killers per month and the depression derived from the addiction led to suicidal thoughts. During some of the darkest days in Lucas’ addiction he tried to intentionally overdose by taking 50 pills in one night, and even planned to drive his car off the George Washington Bridge. Thankfully, detoxification and drug rehab was able to change Lucas’ life for the better. During the first few days of detoxification, Lucas claims to have been in more pain and been more uncomfortable than he’s ever been in his life. But after persevering through detox and drug rehab, Lucas has been able to regain his life priorities and restore relationships with his wife and kids.
It’s unfortunately very common for people to become addicted to prescription painkillers today, but thankfully there’s excellent rehabilitation treatment available to battle these tough painkiller addictions. Individuals who abuse or are addicted to prescription medications can be treated. Initially, they may need to undergo medically supervised detoxification to help reduce withdrawal symptoms—however, that is just the first step. Options for effectively treating addiction to prescription pills are drawn from research on treating heroin addiction. Behavioral treatments combined with medications have proven effective. Finding the right treatment center can make all the difference for a patient because certain standard programs may not work. At Seabrook House, patients can take comfort in knowing that we structure individually inspired detox and rehab programs in order to fit the needs of each unique patient. Seabrook House has rehab facilities located in New Jersey (NJ) and Pennsylvania (PA) and also an outpatient office in New York (NY). If you or a loved one is abusing prescription medications then be sure to contact Seabrook House immediately for the treatment to get on the road to recovery.