The sports world was rattled yet again this week following the announcement from John Skipper, President of the world famous sports broadcasting network ESPN, of his resignation. Skipper cited his struggles with substance use and addiction as the reason for the statement, and it has brought to mind a few important factors that people often forget about addiction.
Skipper will also be resigning from the position of co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks.
Declaration from ESPN President
In his statement on Monday, Skipper states:
“Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN. I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger.
Skipper went on to say,
I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem,”
According to Skipper, he and the company came to a mutual agreement that it was appropriate for him to resign. He went on to state:
“I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down. As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.”
Skipper has been the ESPN President since 2012, after joining the Disney-owned network back in 1997. According to Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company, former ESPN President George Bodenheimer will serve as Acting Chair of ESPN for 90 days until a more permanent replacement has been found.
Bob Iger made his own statement supporting Skipper’s decision and showing his respect for Skipper. Bodenheimer also issued a statement, saying:
“I have great respect for John’s leadership, and I applaud the courage he’s demonstrating by addressing his challenge head on. The most important thing right now for John and his family is that he conquers his addiction, and the entire ESPN family is behind him.”
As the transition takes place, many seem to be supporting the ESPN President in his choice to step down and face his addiction. Thus far there haven’t been many specifics as to which substances Skipper struggles with, which is consistent with his request for privacy.
Addiction for Professionals
This is far from the first time we have seen an issue with substance abuse come up in the world of professional sports. Even with coaches and owners, substance abuse is not as uncommon as some might think. Back in October the video of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Christ Forester snorting lines of white powder surfaced online and created an overnight viral controversy. While the story with John Skipper may be a bit different, they both remind us that even high-profile professionals struggle with substance use and addiction.
Too many people still have this idea that addiction is about moral failures, or lack of willpower, or simply the lack of character and ambition. Yet, time and time again we see stories of incredibly talented, successful, ambitious and influential people struggling with addiction. And it isn’t just rock stars and celebrity actors; we also see it in CEOs and high-ranking business people. We see it in star athletes and in politicians. Every level of success experiences the impact of addiction.
So it is sad to see Skipper say he is embarrassed to have to make this announcement. Even though he is brave to do it, it reminds us also of the stigma even he still might believe.
So we have to support those who are struggling and stop letting the stigma of addiction keep people from getting better by seeking the help that may ultimately save their lives.
The business owner or high earner might not seek help because of how they think people will see them. They might be afraid that being vulnerable will have others question their business. How will this reflect on my work? How will it reflect on my company? Will it destroy my professional reputation to get the help I need?
These are questions no one should ever have to ask.
Functioning Addicts Suffer
Many professionals might even consider themselves to be “functioning addicts,” meaning that even though they are in the grips of addiction physically, mentally and emotionally, they are still able to go on working, going to school or being active at home.
Again, this is a strong example that goes against the stigma people often associate with addiction. Too many people assume that for someone to be truly struggling with addiction, they have to lose their house, job, family, etc. But in reality, people with addiction can be fully-functioning members of society. Addicts can be excellent at their jobs, active in their families or communities, and even take good care of themselves in all respects other than using drugs or alcohol.
However, functioning addicts still suffer greatly. Often this manifests with internal suffering, mental and emotional. They don’t always “hit rock bottom” in the sense of their career, finances or home life. Sometimes it is everything going on inside that causes them the most turmoil.
Sadly, functioning addicts are also less likely to seek the help they need. They will believe that as long as they are working, taking care of the bills and not getting into much trouble, they are still in control. They are more likely to have people around them who do not understand addiction telling them their issues are not that serious. There is no telling how long ESPN President John Skipper was living as a functioning addict. The same goes for many professionals who have been struggling and are afraid that if they admit they need help, they will lose it all.
Addiction does not discriminate. It does not care what your net worth is. It never checks your credit score and it never asks for a resume.
Times are Changing
Luckily, over the past few years, the perception of addiction has begun to experience a cultural shift. Those who struggle with substance use and addiction now have more options for getting help. There are a variety of personalized treatment programs that offer effective and supportive solutions while encouraging people across all demographics to stay informed and seek help.
These days we see more celebrities, athletes, and professionals reaching out, getting help and speaking up about the dangers of addiction. The ESPN President is one of many public figures this year who has spoken up about the problems they have faced and reminded us how important it is to find help.
It is great to be reminded that times are indeed changing and that the stigma of addiction doesn’t have as much power as it once did. While there are still plenty of people across the world who still rely on these old ideas about addiction, much more are learning to better understand addiction and helping support those who need help.
Hopefully, with professionals from such high platforms stepping up to talk about their struggles, we will continue to see more executives, officials and business owners get the help they need.
Addiction is not one-size-fits-all, and neither is recovery. Palm Partners Recovery Center believes in supporting each individual through a personalized recovery plan to help them find an effective path. We want to help people who suffer get back to what matters most. If you or someone you love is struggling, please call toll-free now. We want to help.
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Author: Justin Mckibben
Using needles to heal addicts is nothing new. Those who practice and promote holistic healing are often familiar with the concept. In recovery, the needle can mean something totally different than what it meant in addiction. For some it opens up a new world of medical treatment they never knew was possible. Acupuncture itself is actually much more powerful than some may realize, and a recent study only magnifies the usefulness of going under the needle for chronic pain and mental health.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library now features a report where the researchers show there is significant evidence to demonstrate that acupuncture provides more than a placebo effect.
To clarify, a placebo is a substance or treatment with no active therapeutic effect. These kinds of treatment may be given to a person in order to trick the recipient into thinking that it is an active treatment, meaning the answer is all in the mind.
This new data suggests there is an active therapeutic element to acupuncture.
Clinic Trials: Acupuncture VS Pain
Professor of Acupuncture Research, Hugh MacPherson, helped bring together this research with a team of scientists from the UK and US. The data is strung together using the results of 29 high-quality clinical trials. These trials specifically reviewed patients treated with acupuncture, alongside standard medical care.
For most of the clinical trials, patients with chronic pain treated with acupuncture and standard medical care were tested against those who were provided with standard medical care alone. The standard medical care includes treatment such as:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
Those examined were approximately 18,000 patients diagnosed with chronic pain of areas such as:
- Lower back
According to the published reports, the addition of acupuncture to complement standard medical treatment has a few powerful effects. Acupuncture was able to:
- Significantly reduce the number of headaches and migraine attacks
- Reduce the severity of neck and lower back pain
- Reduce the pain and disability of osteoarthritis, which led to patients being less reliant on anti-inflammatory drugs
Clinic Trials: Acupuncture VS Depression
The teams report also includes a new clinical trial for the impact on depression. During these trials acupuncture or counselling was compared to the effectiveness of antidepressants and related medications.
Researchers sourced from 755 patients with depression in the North of England. The new study shows that both acupuncture and counselling significantly reduced the severity of depression. Not only did they reduce the severity, but the benefits were generally continuous for up to 12 months after the initial treatment. So the long-term implications alone are pretty exciting to see.
Professor MacPherson, from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, has said:
“The front-line treatment for depression in primary care usually involves antidepressants; however, they do not work well for more than half of patients.
“In the largest study of its kind, we have now provided a solid evidence base to show that not only can acupuncture and counselling bring patients out of an episode of depression, but it can keep the condition at bay for up to a year on average.”
Professor MacPherson believes that because patients and health professionals can now make decisions on using acupuncture for treatment with more confidence, this new data provides a significant step forward in managing and treating chronic pain and depression.
Clinic Trials: True Acupuncture VS Sham Acupuncture
As stated in the beginning, many believed acupuncture’s benefits to be at least partially associated with placebo effects. With this doubt hanging over it, the uncertainty of it’s clinical effectiveness has stunted its growth.
Professor MacPherson says that this new research provides definitive evidence that acupuncture can work to treat chronic pain; that in doing so the reductions in pain are substantially more than those measured from what is called “sham acupuncture.”
Sham acupuncture is only for clinical trials for research purposes. This “sham” method involves inserting needles at the ‘wrong’ locations, or using non-inserted needles (fake needles) at the correct locations. Having data to attest that ‘true’ acupuncture has significantly more effect in reducing pain than ‘sham’ acupuncture offers evidence that it is not simply a placebo effect.
This research also asserts that this kind of treatment is cost effective. With the value for money being rated as less than the threshold of £20,000 cost per quality of life year; a metric for measuring cost-effectiveness used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). MacPherson went on to state:
“There has been a question mark for many years over whether policy and decision makers should or should not provide wider access to acupuncture. Our aim was to bring together data from high quality clinical trials and provide a robust evidence base that will help reduce this uncertainty and support commissioners and health professionals in making informed decisions backed up with research.”
Professor MacPherson insists that not only is it more cost effective than medications, but acupuncture reduces pain levels and improves mood levels, which could reduce over reliance on drugs that can sometimes result in unwanted side effects, such as physical dependence or abuse.
In the world of addiction, pain and depression are often simultaneous with substance use disorder. Many people who battle with addiction also fight to overcome depression, and countless people have become addicted to opioids as a result of prolonged dependence on prescription pain medications. As we move toward more innovations in prevention and intervention, innovations in treatment are more important than ever.
For years Palm Partners has believed in the healing power of acupuncture and offered the opportunity for people struggling with substances to have access to this powerful resource on their path to recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free now!
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The best drug rehabs in South Florida have many keep factors that set them apart from other treatment facilities. It all starts with the necessities of physical detox and recovery, and leads into programs promoting positive growth. The best drug rehabs in South Florida are always dedicated to helping people struggling with substance abuse and their families recover from addiction and any underlying issues or behavioral conditions that may coexist with that addiction.
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- Medical Detox Facility– with a highly trained staff of nurses and technicians with experience treating addiction.
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The best drug rehabs in South Florida understand the stresses and health risks of substance abuse and drug addiction, and the desperation and harm it can bring to a person and their loved ones. The goal of any of the best drug rehabs in South Florida is to make the choice to get help as simple as possible, and give the person struggling the hope and confidence needed to get back on track. Changing your life is not always easy, but the best drug rehabs in South Florida do everything to make it easier for you and the ones you love.
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The decision to get off drugs, or stop any other substance abuse, is important, and can be a stressful process. Determining that you have come to the point that you need to seek treatment to separate yourself from your addictions and unhealthy habits presents the question of how to go about it in the most comfortable and effective way possible. Detox Centers in Delray Beach are the best place to get off drugs for so many reasons, and depending on which one you chose, it could greatly impact the recovery process. This makes that process so much easier. These in my opinion are 5 reasons detox centers in Delray Beach are the best place to get off drugs.
- Detox Centers in Delray Beach: The Atmosphere
Detox Centers in Delray Beach are perfectly placed! South Florida is a beautiful area, and a popular vacation destination. Personally this factor alone was enough to convince me to look into detox centers in Delray Beach, and in the end the discomfort caused by the rehabilitation process was made so much easier when enjoying the atmosphere. I came for a short vacation, and eventually decided to relocate to continue to develop in recovery in this environment. The recovery community in Delray Beach is inviting and versatile, and detox centers in Delray Beach are the luxurious way to begin that process.
- Detox Centers in Delray Beach: The Professional Treatment
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- Detox Centers in Delray Beach: Affordable Care
Detox centers in Delray Beach appreciate how recent years have consisted of changes that make in necessary to offer a new model of alcohol and drug addiction treatments, without financially creating obstacles for you or your family. This way detox centers in Delray Beach give those who are struggling hope, so that they can receive the therapy and health care they need, with options for loan assistance for all who qualify and other payment arrangements. Doing everything possible to provide quality treatment in the most cost-effective way is an important element of detox centers in Delray Beach.
- Detox Centers in Delray Beach: Strong Medical Staff
Detox centers in Delray Beach are complete with nursing and other medical staff that is experienced in the area of drug addiction, substance abuse, and alcohol addiction. From my personal experience with detox centers in Delray Beach the staff was very attentive, and very supportive. Any symptoms or withdrawals were addressed and cared for with compassion and done as effectively as possible. I could not have asked for better help, and they were more than willing to explain the medications I was to take to help me through the process of physically detoxing.
- Detox Centers in Delray Beach: Continued Recovery
Detox centers in Delray Beach also educate patients on the continued process of recovery from addiction and substance abuse. The disease of addiction is one that does entail staying active and growing after detox, and there are all types of treatment programs and after-care resources included after completing time in detox centers in Delray Beach. These programs show a patient new ways to work on self-improvement and continued recovery to build their new foundation for a new life. I can personally say seeking out detox centers in Delray Beach is what gave me the start I needed to change everything that has given me the ability to grow beyond my own expectations.
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Rehab in St. James, NC: Healthy Options
For anyone who is having trouble coping with substance abuse or addiction rehab in St. James, NC gives you different options on how to treat your illness. Different approaches are offered by different rehabs, but they work off the basics to the process of recovery. Whatever option is the best treatment for you, make sure you research the various facilities in your area. If you make the choice of going to a rehab in St. James, NC make sure you look into the specifics of the program. Any rehab in St. James, NC should offer the fundamental pieces necessary to build your foundation. They may describe different and appealing approaches, but they should keep emphasis on the key elements of a healthy life-style:
- Self-help groups
- Medical support
For treatment to be effective, any rehab in St. James, NC should be providing patients access to a detox program for improving these areas as part of removing the physical dependency on drugs and/or alcohol while building tools to effectively change the patient’s life-style.
Rehab in St. James, NC: Clinical Treatments
The facility and the certifications of the staff is definitely something you want to be confident in. If you want to make sure your recovery plan is one built in a professional and reliable environment, it is important to research the rehab in St. James, NC you are considering before making a choice to seek out the services of that facility. The rehab in St. James, NC you choose should offer the following services:
- Safe environment where participants are screened for drugs and alcohol
- Counseling where individuals can seek emotional resolutions
- Assistance on learning more about healthy living/diet/exercise
- Should be licensed for treatment of substance abuse
- Qualified and helpful staff
- Recovery plans for after inpatient treatment
- Relapse prevention plan
Rehab in St. James, NC: Treatment Goals
If you feel like rehab in St. James, NC is something you would benefit from, make sure you are aware of the detox program, and inpatient services and how they are regulated. For some people struggling with substance abuse or addiction this can be a difficult process. It is necessary learn everything you can about addiction and treatment of addiction to decide if you will benefit from rehab in St. James, NC. There are many inpatient programs for addiction, as well as long-term plans, and alternative treatments. A variety of opportunities for treatment give you a chance to look into several safe environments that can have lasting impacts on the way you conduct your transition into sobriety. Rehab in St. James, NC is there to support patients, and to help each person understand the disease of addiction by dealing with both personal problems and the physical affects. Rehab in St. James, NC is not the only option out there, many states offer a variety of rehabilitation centers to teach men and women how to cope with issues, maintain health and sobriety, and get them back on track to living a more productive life.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction and is looking for rehab in St. James, NC please call 1-800-951-6135.