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Addiction Expert Weighs in on Johnny Manziel’s Journey from Football to Rehab

NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has admitted himself into drug rehab, and football fans and the media are all talking about it. A recent article in the Daily Candid News asked The Discovery House’s own addiction expert, Dr. Walter Thomas, to weigh in on the issue.

Daily Candid News is an online source of information for women. With its stories on entertainment, fashion, and real-life, the publication reaches readers through its current news headlines as well as social media postings.

Daily Candid News reported that Manziel, a Heisman trophy winner who played last season for the Browns, checked himself into rehab last week in an effort to improve his life off the field. His advisor told ESPN that Manziel is working to become a “better family member, friend, and teammate,” and will be working during the off season to achieve those goals.

The Discovery House’s Dr. Walter Thomas was asked by Daily Candid News to weigh in on athletes like Manziel in recovery. “Athletic patients have to accept they have a brain disease which means they have to dismantle their addictive ego by giving up their civil liberties in order to save their lives.” According to Dr. Thomas, Manziel has taken that important first step toward letting go of his addiction by entering rehab.

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About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.

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