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Anthony Ervin aims for gold at Rio Olympics after tryst with alcohol

Anthony Ervin aims for gold at Rio Olympics after tryst with alcohol

August 11 | By CAAH Team

Addiction to any substance can cause significant damage to the brain and other vital organs of the body. It makes the mind so weak that at times even after a hard-won sobriety, it might be difficult for people stay away from addictive substances.

Addiction spares no one, not even a sports star like Anthony Ervin – the oldest swimmer in the U.S. Olympic team – who won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Having won his second career gold medal after a gap of 16 years in the ongoing Rio Olympics as part of a relay team, the 35-year-old American now wants to be the fastest swimmer. But Ervin had to endure major upheavals in his life when he started drinking heavily soon after his 2000 Olympics victory.

The swimmer also attempted suicide. Once a star, Ervin was on the verge of ruining his career completely. His outlook toward life and people changed to such an extent that he even sold his gold medal and donated the money recovered to UNICEF tsunami relief fund.

What triggered Ervin to seek solace in alcohol

After winning accolades for becoming a three-time Olympian, Ervin became a rebel and wanted to break away from the restricted arena of swimming pool. Thus, soon after winning the gold at Sydney Olympics, he resorted to alcohol and drugs and even tried to commit suicide. Ervin lived a life of an addict to fight over things that controlled him.

Though he won two freestyle events in Japan in 2001, his life was deteriorating by each moment. “I felt very alone and isolated, a man atop a mountain who couldn’t receive help from other people,” he had said.

But the American finally realized the value of his athletic prowess and wanted to get hold of something to save his swimming career. There was a turning point in his life when he survived the suicide attempt, after which he felt as if he was reborn.

Was early success responsible for Ervin’s self-destructive streak?

Ervin shot to fame when he was just a teen. His first Olympic medal at such a young age was looked upon as a major achievement in athletics. He was known as one of the fastest swimmers in the world. Perhaps, an early success in the swimming world made him a rebel, with illicit drugs and alcohol becoming a part of his life. This eventually led to his exit from the swimming pool and soon he was lost in couch surfing, rolling cigarettes, alcohol, and partying.

Similar stories can be found among many other sports personalities who became an achiever quite early and didn’t know what to do next when the applause came to a standstill.

Seeking help

Physical dependence on alcohol can lead to numerous problems related to health, family relationships, and work. Over time, excessive alcohol use, both in the form of heavy or binge drinking, can give way to erratic behavior, even at public places. At present, a number of groundbreaking researches are being carried out to prevent alcohol problems and the related crime and causalities.

As per reports, approximately 17 million American adults are addicted to alcohol. However, the good news is that about one-third of those suffering from alcohol addiction do not show any symptom after treatment.

We understand the gravity of the situation, so the experts at the Colorado Alcohol Addiction Helpline are willing to help. If you or your loved one is fighting addiction, we can suggest you the best alcohol addiction treatment in Colorado. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-592-9261 or chat online for further information on alcohol addiction treatment centers in Colorado.

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