Former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas started posting on Facebook about his addiction to painkillers as soon as as checked himself into a rehabilitation facility this Sunday.
The Ray Lucas NFL Official PAST Page has amassed 2,320 fans since creation this fall, originally intended to document the retired quarterback’s efforts to overcome chronic physical pain. The Facebook subsite describes itself as a collaboration between the former player turned sportscaster, his wife Cecy and the medical group caring for him pro bono.
When I first read about Lucas posting his detox details on Facebook, I couldn’t help wondering whether he had a future book deal as his ultimate goal. Checking out his posts makes it apparent that he really just needs the support, especially as he goes through the hardest part of recovery. You have to admire his candor in telling the public that his withdrawal symptoms include physical pain and fear.
So far, he’s put up four posts about his recovery and the most recent one, timestamped about 11 hours before this writing, says:
The last 2 days have been days of transition…I am still going through detox, it’s not easy. My body hurts all over as they work to unwind the years of pain killer use dating back to my playing days & then medicating my significant injuries in my retirement. I am feeling lot’s of anxiety. It has been a few tough days but I will get myself back.
Social media has proven to be a highly effective way to achieve all kinds of goals by utilizing positive social pressure. Have you seen people on your own friend lists use Facebook to overcome addictions, and if so how are they faring?