The pressure of performing and excelling can lead to many problems in sportspersons. At times, the high expectations from various quarters can push sportspersons towards substance use or mental illnesses. Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (28) is another example of a sportsperson resorting to substance use to treat his mental condition.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) suspended the boxing license of Fury in October 2016. Following the suspension, the heavyweight champion voluntarily relinquished his World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight titles.
Fury, who is undergoing medical treatment has admitted taking cocaine to manage depression. Subjected to United Kingdom’s anti-doping investigation, Fury has a doping violation hearing scheduled for November 2016 that is likely to influence BBBofC’s next move.
Though the doping allegations surfaced in June 2016, they date back to February 2015. The doping allegations were reported after a postponement of the scheduled rematch between Fury and Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury’s mental health issues.
Post the allegations, people close to Fury revealed that the alleged doping violation could be due to his ongoing struggle with depression. Peter Fury, his uncle and trainer, has confirmed that his nephew had no plans of retiring from boxing and that he would return to the ring in the future. Fury’s uncle further said that the champion was undergoing medical treatment for his illness.
While giving up his two titles, Fury said that he would focus on his treatment and recovery. While voluntarily relinquishing his titles, the heavyweight champion wished the next line-in contenders all the very best and hoped to conquer the biggest challenge of his life.
Conditions that fuel dual diagnosis
Dual diagnosis is a term used for the simultaneous occurrence of mental health condition and substance abuse problem. Compared to women, men are more likely to get diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. In addition, military veterans, people from lower socio-economic status and those suffering from more general medical illnesses are more likely to be diagnosed with a co-occurring condition.
For individuals with co-occurring illnesses, they can either develop mental illness or a substance abuse at first. In many cases, people suffering from mental health problems may resort to self-medication and turn to drugs and alcohol for support which worsens the mental health condition and leads to dual diagnosis. Due to multiple combinations of disorders, the symptoms of dual diagnosis may differ. Some common symptoms of the problem include social withdrawal, extreme mood changes, behavioral changes, withdrawal symptoms, and increased drug or substance dependency.
Treatment of dual diagnosis
A patient of dual diagnosis needs care for both substance abuse and the underlying mental condition. A comprehensive treatment of dual diagnosis involves medication, detoxification and psychotherapy.
Medication: Depending on the mental illness, medications often play an important role in treating the illness. Medications are also prescribed to lessen the drug effects and ease the withdrawal symptoms.
Detox: A medically supervised detoxification assists an individual in gradually weaning off the addicted substance. During detox, an individual is monitored by a trained medical specialist who manages the withdrawal and other symptoms.
Psychotherapy: It is an effective part of the treatment program that helps an individual identify the problem area and teach effective coping mechanisms to fight the problem of both substance abuse and mental illness.
Support groups: As recovery from co-occurring disorders can be challenging, patients can get help from support groups. These groups can consist of peers and specialists that can assist them during their recovery and encourage them to stay sober.
Road to recovery
Dual diagnosis or co-occurring illnesses can be difficult to manage if not diagnosed on time. For a full and lasting recovery, care needs to be taken to address both the illnesses simultaneously.
If you or someone you know needs dual diagnosis help, contact the Dual Diagnosis Helpline to seek more information about various dual diagnosis programs or get immediate medical treatment. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-981-6047 or chat online to find the best dual diagnosis rehab centers.