Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was recently arrested for DUI and marijuana possession. He is “out indefinitely”, meaning he cannot play any games with the 49ers, and his career in the NFL is to be determined.
With clear remorse and a substance abuse, and possible addiction, disorder, Smith needed help, and he knew it. According to the 49ers Blog on the San Francisco Bee’s website, Aldon Smith made a statement following the arrest and subsequent charges. In his words, “First off I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family, everybody I let down. You know, I also want to let it be known that this is a problem. It’s something I will get fixed. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I also want to let everybody know that, once again, I’m sorry. Like I said, this won’t happen again.”
Former 49ers teammate, Delanie Walker, expressed shock when he heard about Smith’s actions. Walker and Smith were involved in a criminal investigation after a party at Smith’s house ended with two men being shot, allegedly indirectly by the two 49ers players. Smith is being charged with felony gun possession as a result of that event, and this latest DUI charge was his second.
Delanie Walker believed that he and his former teammate had put this type of behavior behind them after Walker’s aunt and uncle were killed by a drunk driver. Walker has been publicly speaking out against drinking and driving, and Smith seemed to be supporting the movement. Although Smith made another mistake, he is now in treatment getting help for the problem that he cannot change on his own.
How Can You Identify Addiction?
The components of addiction are:
- Loss of Control Over Substance Use
- Constant Cravings for Drugs/Alcohol
- Compulsion to Use/Obsession with Using
- Continued Use Despite Adverse Consequences
When drinking and drugging are creating negative life consequences, there is a very real problem. Substance abuse is progressive, and will always advance to addiction when left untreated. When the use of drugs and alcohol causes problems in your physical, mental, and emotional health, or you face legal, interpersonal, financial, relational, or professional repercussions, treatment is necessary.
In Aldon Smith’s case, his freedom has been compromised, he is facing legal and financial consequences, and his relationships are certainly strained at this point. His decision-making abilities are impaired, and he may lose his job.
What People Like Aldon Smith Need to Get Better?
Smith is in an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program that will address all aspects of his substance abuse. Since he admits he has a problem, he can work through why this problem started and why he continued to engage in problematic behavior after negative consequences, directly linked to drinking and using drugs, were happening in his life.
Smith is doing what is best for someone in his position: residential inpatient treatment. Completing a detoxification program is the first step, which involves being medically monitored as your body and brain work to clean out the harmful toxins left from repeated substance use. Next, the majority of addicts and alcoholics spend 30, 60, 90, or 180 days living at the facility that is providing the rehab services. Intensive work can be done without the distractions of real life.
Do you, or someone in your life, need treatment? Intervening now can save lives. Aldon Smith has risked his own life and the lives of others several times now. If he had been directed toward treatment years ago, many of the consequences he has faced could have been avoided.
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