Brett Favre Opens Up About Why He Had to Complete Two Secret Stints in Rehab

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Brett Favre opened up about his struggles with addiction in the mid 90s. 

Favre revealed that he secretly went to rehab twice in 1996 for an unpublicized addiction to painkillers:

That was an MVP year for me. But that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, ‘I gotta get more pills.’ I took 14 Vicodin, yes, one time. I was getting an hour or two of sleep many nights. 

Little did I know Deanna (Favre’s wife) would be finding some of my pills and when she did, she’d flush them down the toilet.

Favre also went to rehab for a third time for his drinking problems:

I was in there 28 days, and it worked…When I got out, the toughest thing was the first three months, because I had to change my thought process.

When I played golf before, I realized the only reason I wanted to play was to drink. After a while, instead of thinking, ‘How many beers can we drink in 18 holes?’ I fell into a pattern of what could I do to get good at golf. I realized with each passing day I really didn´t like drinking.

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Lorenzo Washington

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH