Burning Tree Tackles Substance Abuse Amongst Atheletes

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Burning Tree, a long-term drug and alcohol treatment center in Texas, is pushing to become nation’s leading treatment center for athletes struggling with addiction.

Burning Tree, a long-term drug and alcohol treatment center in Texas, is pushing to become nation’s leading treatment center for athletes struggling with addiction due to their programming of accountability consistency, and responsibility which helps break through some of the obstacles of trying to be a recovering athlete. This appoarch is the cheif reason for Burning Tree's launch into the athlete treatment space.

With athletes making headlines due to drug and alcohol arrests, instead of on the playing field, Burning Tree’s programs are an excellent fit for athletes unable to find balance on and off the field.

Burning Tree is finding an increase in former athletes admitting into their programs. Whether on a city-wide level, or on a national level, clients with an athletic background are finding the solution they so desperately have chased once leaving the playing field. Seeking that competitive edge and narrowly focusing on finding extra boost and energy, athletes are turning to prescription drugs, recreational drugs, and alcohol.

Two of the most commonly abused medications in sports are narcotic painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, and prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin or Adderall. Prescription painkillers are frequently prescribed for legitimate pain complaints following injuries sustained on the field. Their widespread misuse after the injury isn’t surprising given the aggressive nature of sports and the intense pressure on athletes to play injured.
According to a study from Washington University, retired NFL players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate more than four times that of the general population. More than half (52 percent) of NFL retired players said they used prescription pain medication, 71 percent of whom admitted abusing the drugs during their sports career.

Some athletes feign symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to get “legal” amphetamines. According to records from Major League Baseball, the number of players getting “therapeutic use exemptions” from baseball’s amphetamines ban quadrupled in recent years.

Burning Tree maintains two treatment centers in Texas, near Austin and Dallas, providing long-term residential treatment for substance abuse patients from the contiguous U.S. The centers provide a dual diagnosis to determine potential co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse. A specialty of treating clients with chronic relapse has made the Burning Tree program highly successful, documented by a success rate of 73 percent based on a four-year study.

A full list of substance abuse services available at Burning Tree can be found online at http://www.burningtree.com. The site also contains resources for understanding addiction and different treatment approaches.

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