From Fox News –
“For pro athletes battling addiction, their names can be the biggest obstacle”
For people who are predisposed to addiction – if that is actually the case – then sport can be a refuge. Becoming every obsessive and addicted to the training, regime and the adrenaline of putting it all on the line at races. It is like gambling.
When sport ceases – the same rush needs to come from somewhere else and the inevitability of having to discover themselves a bit more sometimes pushes them down the road of substance misuse and alcoholism and gambling. either to mirror the same high they got from sport or to drown out the pain that can come from the new emotions they are experiencing as a “human being”.