Frequently Asked Questions

Can an athlete become addicted to exercise?
Yes. The need to be fit and have the edge over competitors can create an obsessive need to do more and more potentially becoming addicted to working out.

What are symptoms of addiction?
Symptoms of addiction include withdrawals (i.e. shame and guilt when missing a workout), obsessing, the inability to stop, poor judgment, and it interferes with normal life.

Why would an athlete become addicted to anything, they're so healthy and their performance depends on taking good care of their bodies?
Addiction is a non-discriminating disease, it can affect anyone. Also, the constant pressure to perform at an optimum level, trying to get the edge over the ones above them, motivates many to use performance enhancing drugs in turn becoming dependent on them.

Why treat an athlete with an addiction any different than anyone else with an addiction?
Athletes are generally groomed at an early age, put on a strict regiment, schedule, and diet. The focus is on the body, performance, and the psychology of the sport. Little or no time is left for emotional and spiritual growth of the individual. Typically, the identity of the athlete is their sport. They do not know who they really are. This catches up and one day they wake up too old to compete, nothing to fall back on and no clue as to who they are. That emptiness is filled with an addiction to substances, addictive behaviors, and/or both.

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Addictions counseling
for athletes.


Substances:
  • alcohol
  • steroids
  • cocaine
  • prescription drugs
  • marijuana
  • methamphetamines

Behaviors:
  • eating disorders
  • gambling
  • Internet
  • video games
  • uncontrolled spending
  • sex