Stimulants, Opiates, and College Athletics
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
~ T.S. Eliot
At First, It Was About The Weight For Crew
Edward (Teddy) Teece – From Oakland, California reports here at CBJ on college athletes, stimulants, drugs and the pressures of college team acceptance. His fall from grace started with weight criteria for Lightweight Crew.
Teddy developed disordered eating in conjunction with stimulant substance abuse to keep his weight low enough to be eligible to row at Yale on the Lightweight Crew team. Even after he quit the team, he remained chemically dependent on amphetamines & opioids to barely function and continued to focus on his body as “the only vessel of his identity.” He eventually left school and ultimately found his way into wilderness therapy; this program saved his life and allowed him to (re)connect with his humanity and the natural world.
No Treatment = Treatment Failure
His Special Note for this CBJ/090 Episode: “Eventually, I went back to school and wrote about my experiences and the experiences of half a dozen other student athletes who had struggled with similar challenges. It was remarkably easy to find troubled athletes for interview subjects, and I now understand that there is a broad-based problem with our collegiate athletic system.”
Tune in for Teddy. This dimension of college athletic success isn’t pretty.
On Coming Back
Now he’s a staunch supporter of increased awareness of college substance abuse connected with athletics.
Teddy Teece: The Reality of College Athletics CBJ/090
- I’m passionate to take my lessons from college to American Society [3:45]
- My dream was to row in college at a very high level [10:05]
- Amphetamine tolerance, sleep and starting opiates [14:25]
- I finished up the season with high marks but… [18:50]
- I went to Germany for an internship and found myself in withdrawal [10:20]
- My doctors helped me find treatment through Expedition Therapy [28:42]
- That experience & MTHFR genetic testing at Menningers saved my life [29:57]
- It’s amazing how many people tell me they suffer from similar challenges [44:01]
Teddy’s References & Website:
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance Practices in Sport and Exercise – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3419563/ J Athl Train. 2011 May-Jun; 46(3): 322–336
- Fit Not Healthy – Global Amazon Link – Paperback – October 1, 2015, by Vanessa Alford
- Jucy – His B&B Project in New Zealand
- http://medium.com/@teddyteece Connect with Teddy here for his upcoming book.
Substance Abuse & Recovery: Previous CBJ Interviews
As you well know, every guest here at CBJ reports on their perspective of how to overcome measurable, underlying, overlooked factors that can lead to stigma, dogma, labels and treatment failure. These CBJ Episodes focus on new self-management perspectives. See the references in the show notes at each of these pages.
- Scott Stevens – Alcohol, Biology & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/009
- Dr. Anthony Mele – Neurobiology of Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/077
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091 Maureen Fura – Produced, wrote and directed, Dark Side of the Full Moon, the first video documentary to expose the lack of care when new motherhood crashes into mental illness in the United States. Her movie has served as a catalyst for social change, inspiring communities to action in closing the gaps in care for women suffering from a maternal mental health complication like pregnancy and postpartum depression with other troubles such as anxiety and psychosis. Communities have reported increases in funding, the creation of new perinatal specialist positions, changes in behavior from care providers, hospital policy changes, increase in provider training, a decrease in stigma, and residency and university programs creating curriculum improvements that match this estrogenic epidemic of misunderstanding and misinformation. This Episode and her new movie is a game changer.