Philosophy

Education

1 ON 1's philosophy finds educating athletes at every level of development is key in the athlete's self-awareness which can help avoid potential damaging habits. Presentations on the effects of addiction are available for college sports teams, academies, camps, tournaments, and more.

Understanding the Athlete Mentality

Understanding the mentality of the athlete, the unrelenting optimum physical requirements, the outside pressure, expectations, and the constant demands which can be draining and overwhelming is key in being able to work with this specific group which often times find relief by turning to addictive substances and/or behaviors. One common example is injuries that all athletes deal with. Injuries play a big part in any athlete's performance so quick and pain free measures are often taken. This type of approach may mean incorporating pain medication (opiates) into recovery. Although addiction is considered genetic, you do not have to be predisposed to become addicted to pain medication. This becomes a major problem.

Other Addictions and Consequences

The consequences of addiction not only include destruction of the athlete's career, but of their personal lives as well. Other substances of abuse and addiction include alcohol, steroids, cocaine, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, etc.), marijuana, methamphetamines, and more. Addictive behaviors include eating disorders, gambling, computers, video games, spending inordinate amounts of money without accountability, and sex.

More on the Philosophy

Addiction does not happen overnight and often it is precipitated by events that happen to people early in life. When someone is in the throes of addiction his emotional and spiritual growth stops. An addict obsesses over his drug. He ruminates about doing or getting it, does it in excess, and spends time recovering from its effects. The young elite athlete being groomed for a college or professional career is entirely focused on progressing and winning at his sport enduring pressure he puts on himself as well as exterior pressure to constantly perform at his optimum, most importantly, "winning is everything."

The Result

This attitude creates an athlete with a single mindset that is important in creating champions, but it also creates an individual whose identity as a person has been halted. You may have a highly successful athlete, but a very lost and incomplete person who has not developed emotionally or spiritually. This dilemma creates fertile ground for turning to outside sources such as substances or behaviors to create a feeling of being whole.

The Solution

1 ON 1 Addictions Counseling for Athletes works with the individual athlete in a holistic manner guiding him so he may formulate a cohesive sense of self. In the end by finding his own personal identity the athlete is a happier person. This, in turn, makes for greater self-awareness and self-fulfilling performances which could ultimately lead to better outcomes in his sport.

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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