We Americans love sports. Whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or another athletic event, there are few things that capture our attention more than what takes place in the world of sports. Unfortunately, what many in Fresno, Calif. and elsewhere don’t understand is that athletes are far from immune to the substance abuse problems that plague the nation—and in some cases, their participation in professional athletics makes it even more likely that they will need to attend one of the country’s many alcohol rehab centers. The following infographic takes a look at the sometimes tragic connection between professional and collegiate athletics and substance abuse.
According to results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 20.4 million adults aged 18 years or older needed substance use