Top 15 Athletes Who Have Gone to Rehab

There are a lot of things that come with the success achieved as a professional athlete, but most people think of the aspects involving fame and fortune while ignoring the very real stress and temptations that also exists. Being a professional athlete is not easy by any means, and ignoring the daily temptations that are present is often too difficult for a great number of professional athletes to handle. Many athletes have used their addictive personalities to devote themselves to reaching the pinnacle of their sport, but it is that same addictive personality that can ultimately derail their career.

It happens quite often that an athlete becomes addicted to illegal substances or alcohol and must seek out help in order to overcome the problems that have been caused by the abuse. For many of these athletes, even a successful stint in rehab will not mean that they will be able to permanently put their issues behind them. Relapses occur and careers are irreparably harmed because of abuse, and everyone involved can only hope that the athlete can eventually overcome their substance abuse issues permanently.

Unfortunately for those who have dealt with substance abuse, their personal problems wind up being very public. This results in increased scrutiny and constant speculation regarding whether or not the athlete has been able to remain clean. For these following 15 athletes, their personal issues reached the point where rehab became necessary, though not all have succeeded or have been able to avoid a relapse.

15 Jon “Bones” Jones

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14 Vin Baker


13 Ken Caminiti


12 Theo Fleury


11 Dennis Rodman


10 Lamar Odom

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9 Josh Gordon

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8 Dwight 'Doc' Gooden


7 John Daly

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6 Dock Ellis


5 Josh Hamilton

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4 Johnny Manziel

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3 Darryl Strawberry


2 Miguel Cabrera

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1 Diego Maradona


The legendary Argentine footballer’s substance abuse caused him massive health problems and forced his family to put him into rehab against his will in 2004. When Maradona checked in, his cardiac capacity was at a minuscule 35 percent, and he had to endure significant withdrawal symptoms while in rehab, according to BBC. His ex-wife believed that his time spent in rehab saved his life, and Maradona has since admitted that his addiction affected his abilities on the pitch, telling Tyc Sports in 2014 that “I gave my opponents a big advantage due to my illness. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn't taken drugs?"

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Top 15 Athletes Who Have Gone to Rehab