OK State Men’s Basketball Coach Shares Pain Pill Addiction Story

In 2008, more than 15 million Americans had taken a prescription drug for nonmedical purposes at least once, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals who are dependent on prescription drugs, but mentoring can also be a positive form of motivation for addicts.

Recently, Oklahoma State University men’s basketball head coach Sean Sutton spoke out about his own struggle with prescription drugs. He received the coaching position after his father, Eddie Sutton, was involved in an alcohol-related car crash in 2006. After enduring the high volume of stress, Sutton became addicted to painkillers as a coping mechanism.

“Nobody is safe when you start messing with prescription drugs,” Sutton told Behavioral Health Central, an addiction resource site. “Once you get sucked in, it’s hard to get out.”

Sutton recently plead guilty to drug charges in August. He has been focusing on recovering after leaving a rehabilitation facility in September. Sutton spent 115 days in a drug rehab program to kick his addiction to prescription drugs. Substance abuse centers can help individuals detoxify and turn their lives around.