Suspended receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has struggled with addiction for several years, missing many games and nearly all a season in 2015 due to substance abuse. On a video released, Gordon stated, “I’ve used alcohol on many, many occasions. Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup. Methazine is very prevalent where I’m from. It’s what I grew up using.” When Gordon left in mid to late October of 2016, he moved to Gainesville, Florida and got into “probably the best shape of my life.”
A candid interview with GQ showed Gordon’s true thoughts about himself, addiction, and his recovery. When asked how he felt about recovery now compared to previous attempts, Gordon stated that before, he was thinking to himself, “If I plan on having any type of career, I’ll stop”, but now he is thinking to himself, “If I want any type of a life, if I wanted to live, I’ll stop.” Gordon exclaimed that his perspective changed when he started realizing the reality: that his addiction was leading him to his death and that if he truly wanted to life, he needed to do something about it. Dr. Stephen Diamond, licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, told Psychology Today, “in some ways, addiction is an extreme example of an existential challenge we all wrestle with every day: accepting reality as it is.” Josh Gordon’s previous beliefs of himself and his addiction may have held him back from truly changing his life; it wasn’t until he faced his reality that he had a clearer view of what he needed to do next.
ESPN noted that Gordon had been given a year-long suspension for the 2015 season because he had four drinks on a plane. Gordon stated in a video, “I’ve been enabled most of my life, honestly. I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors, everybody pretty much gave me a second chance because of my ability.” Psych Central defines enabling as “removing the natural consequences to the addict of his or her behavior.” Enabling perpetuates addiction and shows the person there is nothing wrong or their behavior is “okay”. Many people, especially athletes and other highly-recognized individuals, may become enabled because their friends, family, and authority figures do not feel comfortable “standing up to” or “confronting” the person, although this is what they really need.
Whether you have been enabled most of your life or you are coming to an understanding of the truth behind your addiction, seeking treatment is the first step needed. Call us today at 855-464-7849. Avalon Malibu’s licensed, experienced professionals truly care about your recovery. Make the decision to take back control over your life today. Call us for a consultation.