Substance Abuse Group Comments on Recent NHL Player Suspension

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NHL player's actions could set bad example for kids, group says.

We are happy that Zenon Konopka has considered this and now wants to ensure that he has not sent the wrong message to any kids who might look up to him.

As reported by Fox News in their article Sabres F Konopka Suspended 20 Games (5/15), the forward for the Canadian hockey team The Sabres, Zenon Konopka, has violated the rules of the substance abuse policy for the team. As a result of the violation, Konopka will now have to attend a program for substance abuse treatment and will not be able to play for 20 games. Konopka, who has since apologized and taken responsibilities for his action, claims that he took an over-the-counter product that had a substance in it that was deemed a violation by the National Hockey League. Konopka also noted that he would like his younger fans to learn from his mistakes.

“Young kids look up to athletes as role models,” said the head of the Substance Abuse Group, an organization that runs several pro-recovery websites. “When they see their favorite athlete acting out or doing drugs, they think it's okay. We are happy that Zenon Konopka has considered this and now wants to ensure that he has not sent the wrong message to any kids who might look up to him.”

One of the websites ran by the Substance Abuse Group is At this website, people all over the world can access information regarding substance abuse and getting help for it. “Not many people know where to begin when they look for help,” noted the head of the group. “We have established this website to let people know that a starting point exists.” On the website, people can read up on the basic signs of substance abuse, the benefits of getting help, the different types of help available, and tips on how to find the right treatment center. The Substance Abuse Help Group acknowledges that no two substance abuse cases are alike, so it is very important that people know how to get themselves the right kind of treatment. Finally, people can use the contact options on the website to get started or to get more information. There is a contact box where people can inquire through the computer or they can call the helpline to talk to a live, well-trained, and caring staff member who is ready to help people begin. The Substance Abuse Help Group urges people to take action as soon as possible to see the best results.

Anybody can access the helpful information at as well as a 24/hour helpline that is monitored by a well-trained and caring staff. It is never too late to get help for a substance abuse addiction. Whether a person has a problem with prescription pills, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, or designer drugs, the Substance Abuse Help Group exists to help. For more information please call 1-855-842-0102.

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