Houston Astros player Jonathan Singleton finally had to admit that his drug problem was out of control. He recently spoke about it with Associated Press writer Kristie Rieken during spring training. The rising star, who was once a top prospect for the Phillies, is hoping that this is his finally going to be his breakout year.
Singleton said that he was smoking marijuana every day and couldn’t stop. It was so bad he was about to lose his shot at millions of dollars and a career playing a sport he loved so that he could get high instead. He found himself getting suspended for 50 games last year after a second failed drug test and finally entered an inpatient treatment center for his addiction.
For those people who think that marijuana isn’t addictive, Singleton begs to differ. “It was bad. I legitimately went through withdrawal,” he said. The 22 year-old athlete isn’t alone, as millions of people around the country and world have had similar experiences.
His intervention came in the form of his career. Smoking weed is about to cost him one of the most lucrative and coveted jobs – being a professional athlete – if he isn’t able to control his behavior. Following his treatment he claimed to be abstinent from marijuana, but admitted that he turned to alcohol and had been getting drunk frequently for some time.
Today, things are different for him. “Recently I’ve been more or less just sticking to myself and worrying about what I need to do to get better and become better as a person, not just a baseball player,” he said.
Hopefully Singleton can follow the steps of people who have successfully beaten their addictions, rather than becoming another statistic of missed fortunes because of substance abuse.