Drugs, Sports and Cheating

steroidAre officials from professional sporting and athletics associations appear to be (finally) cracking down on banned substances among players and athletes. From Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France victories several months ago to big names in baseball like Alex Rodriquez and Miguel Tejada being suspended for triple-digit numbers of games.

Has drug use at the highest levels of competition gotten so bad that people are now becoming suspect of their favorite players? What kind of message does it send to the young people of today who look up to these athletes when they see superstars getting caught cheating and/or abusing drugs?

The latest news of Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada being suspended for 105 games seemed to be both cheating and substance abuse, as he reportedly has tested positive for amphetamines (Adderall) twice this season.

Hopefully players are getting the message: cheat and you will eventually get caught. For the case of athletes who abuse or become addicted to some type of drug, someone has to step in. Often these people have many millions of dollars and a personal entourage of people who depend on them, so they can be hesitant to approach them about getting help, but in the end it is only hurting the situation more.

Interventions can come in many forms – from employers and officials to law enforcement and family. If you know of someone in need of help for substance abuse of any kind, contact Family First Intervention today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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