Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Launches Vance Johnson “A Year in Sobriety” Web Series

South Florida addiction care leader Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (BHOPB) has launched a new web series focusing on the recovery journey of former NFL wide receiver Vance Johnson. The series is entitled “A Year in Sobriety.” After falling victim to alcohol addiction and descending into depression, Johnson reached out to BHOPB for help and was brought into recovery by fellow NFL alum and BHOPB interventionist Randy Grimes. After completing residential treatment and exhibiting a commitment to lasting recovery, Johnson now works as a trainer with BHOPB’s SOAR FIT program. “We’re incredibly excited for this new web series,” says BHOPB CEO Alan Stevens. It is our hope that it will shed further light on what athletes and everyday people go through when they’re battling addiction while showing people that there is always hope.

About “A Year in Sobriety”

A Year in Sobriety” chronicles Johnson’s progress and the subsequent steps he is taking to sustain his recovery. The inaugural episode highlights his continued work with the SOAR FIT team to regain his core strength and address the physical fall-out from both his addiction and his days with the NFL. The episode takes place just a few days away from Johnson’s one-year anniversary in recovery. Episode 2 brings us to Media Week leading up to the Super Bowl, where Johnson and Randy Grimes discuss their respective recovery journeys and talk about their work at BHOPB, specifically the organization’s Athletes in Recovery Program.

The third installment will focus on Johnson’s work at BHOPB’s Recovery Center for Men while retracing his steps leading up to recovery and illustrating his life experiences prior to seeking treatment. Like the series itself, it promises to be an illuminating glimpse into a world where athletes struggle with addiction for years after their playing days are behind them. “A Year in Sobriety” also illustrates the power of the treatment process as a means of overcoming addiction and regaining the strength and confidence to rebuild one’s life. It was produced by Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches in partnership with New Jersey advertising agency Mary Pomerantz Advertising.

About Vance Johnson

During his career with the Denver Broncos, former NFL wide receiver Vance Johnson started drinking to escape the pressures and reality of his life. The tragic and untimely loss of his son caused Vance’s alcohol addiction to worsen, sending him down a desperate and self-destructive spiral which eventually culminated in a 26-day coma. He stopped eating and had given up the will to live. Vance woke from his coma only to wish that he was dead. Alcoholism had completely taken over his life.

After a series of failed recovery attempts, Vance drew upon his faith in God and the determination that made him a fierce competitor on the playing field to once again endeavor sobriety, this time at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. He gave himself over to his treatment program and learned from the experiences of our alumni to launch a successful recovery. Vance has opened up himself to the benefits of recovery and, since completing his treatment, has been instrumental in helping patients in our Men’s Program overcome their addiction and reclaim their lives.

Despite his exemplary NFL career, Vance says that he has more in his life now than he ever had.

About Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is a leading South Florida behavioral healthcare organization offering expert, compassionate, cutting-edge treatment to individuals suffering from drug alcohol addiction and mental disorder. Our full continuum of care includes professional intervention, onsite medical detox, innovative and specialized rehab, and aftercare.

Since our inception in 1997, we have become an industry leader in addiction care, featuring our own research department and some of the nation’s most accomplished doctors and mental health professionals. Our expertise in co-occurring disorders and philosophy of treating the whole patient has allowed us to produce some of the highest success rates in the country.

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