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In the Super Bowl (and in life): Different Environments and Teammates Sometimes Make All The Difference



Super Bowl LII is set.  The perennial favorites, the New England Patriots are returning to the Super Bowl against the up and coming Philadelphia Eagles.  While the game is expected to be entertaining, it will also be showcasing two systems that are open to change.  In order to reach the Super Bowl, each team signed various players and each had to change their game plans and strategies throughout the season as they worked toward achieving their goals.


New England’s head coach Bill Belichick is known throughout the league as a coach that can identify a player, his strengths and weakness, as well as his value to an organization.  This was illustrated recently when James Harrison of the Steelers was released and signed a few days later by the Patriots.  The Steelers thought that Harrison had “aged-out” of the ability to help his team.  However, since joining the Patriots, Harrison has made an immediate impact and is expected to play a big role in the Super Bowl.  The Eagles had a similar late season add for the specific goal of helping their team get to the Super Bowl.  The Eagles recognized the value of Jay Ajayi (former Boise State football player) after tension with the Miami Dolphins’ organization became insurmountable and he was traded to the Eagles.  With this change in teams and those around him, Ajayi has flourished and will now play in a Super Bowl for the first time.  He too is expected to make a big impact on the outcome of the game.


Why am I talking about the Super Bowl? Addiction recovery is similar as the road to success can take many paths and change course along the way.  But, the Super Bowl is a game. Recovery is life or death. Recovery is bigger than the Super Bowl and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with the big game. Recovery is hard and in-the-trenches work for every person in recovery.


Understanding the “big picture” is hard for everyone.  This is true of football, recovery and in life. For addiction, there isn’t one path, one “road map” to recovery. For the majority, addiction recovery is an ongoing battle that requires the discovery of the resources that are available, treatments that are specific to the type of addiction and understanding the myriad of options that can allow people to take a first step. While this is often overwhelming for those that are battling addiction, there are programs and medical professionals that are able to not only assess symptoms but are able to recommend a course of action.  This game plan should be personal, include multiple layers of treatment and have treatment goals.


Football coaches say that the championship is won during fall practice.  In many ways, this is true with recovery as well.  Having a game plan, adapting to changes (both good and bad) and putting the time into recovery is what provides the foundation to a life free of illicit drugs. At Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), we are focused on helping people with all types of addiction.


While we specialize in opioid addiction, CBH’s treatment centers provide medicated assisted treatments (Methadone, Buprenorphine, Vivitrol) in combination with counseling and other valuable services for all types of addiction.  CBH’s holistic patient approach allows people to understand their disease and make positive choices on a daily basis.  Below are a few stats that illustrate the positive role that CBH is playing in helping people through recovery:



Upon admission into treatment approximately 50% of patients report being adequately employed. At six months to two years in treatment, the number of patients reporting adequate employment increases to 65%.



Upon admission into opiate addiction treatment with methadone or buprenorphine, 100% of patients are illicitly using opiates. After six months to two years of treatment, 80% of patients report no illicit opiate or heroin use.



Upon admission into treatment, 21% of patients report some involvement in the criminal justice system. For those in treatment for six months to two years, involvement with the criminal justice system drops to 12% and for patients in treatment for 2-5 years, involvement with the criminal justice system drops to 6%.


Every person is unique, and so is their path to recovery. If you have any questions or are concerned for someone close to you, please take a moment to reach out to us at


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