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Putting Recovery On The Map

06-08-20 | By

Outrunning the Past with Vance Johnson – Epsiode 138

Former NFL wide receiver Vance Johnson is proof that recovery works.

He was picked up by the Denver Broncos in the 1985 draft, and that’s where he remained for the duration of his ten-year career, which included three Super Bowl appearances.

Vance started drinking after he thought a fumbled punt return was going to result in getting cut from the team. He didn’t get fired. However, his drinking escalated and didn’t stop. It wasn’t long until drugs became a regular part of his life.

Before this incident, Vance didn’t have any experience with addiction except for what he had seen in his father.

“I hated him for it and I promised myself I wasn’t going to be like him.”

As time passed, Vance’s life and addiction got worse. He was over one million dollars in debt, had multiple marriages end in divorce, lost a son to a drunk driving accident, and ended up in a nearly fatal month-long coma.

Vance got sober after entering treatment in 2013.

Today he travels the country sharing his message of recovery and helps run The Vance Johnson Recovery Center in Las Vegas.

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