The Painkiller Addiction Of A SuperBowl Winner: “Either Throw The Pills Or I Die”
ANDl exquaterback Brett Favre, three-time MVP and 1996 SuperBowl winner with the Green Bay Packers, revealed his addiction to painkillers that nearly led to suicide.
Favre recounted that his addiction to painkillers began in 1994. He began taking them to control pain from various injuries. At first, I followed the medical guideline of two pills a day, but as time went by, the prescription for a month was taken in just 48 hours. On a couple of occasions he suffered seizures from too much painkiller. “Every night at 9, I would start shaking shortly after taking the pills. It didn’t matter where I was, I always had to take medication at that time, “he recalls.
Those seizures led him to realize his problem. “I told myself that I had to do one of two things: either I die or I flush these pills down the toilet. I sat by the bathroom for two hours. Finally, I threw away the pills and almost wanted to kill myself for doing that. I couldn’t believe I’d actually done that, and I was so mad at myself that I wondered what I was going to do? “He recalls.
Favre then decided to start a detoxification process and rehabilitation for 75 days that allowed him to get ahead. Favre was part of the league’s 1990s NFL team, as well as the NFL’s greatest team of all time. After playing for the Green Bay Packers (1991-2007), he went to the New York Jets (2008) and retired for the Minnesota Vikings (2009-2010).