Brett Favre is something of an icon in the NFL. He’s the charismatic quarterback who captained the Green Bay Packers for many years, and currently rests in the NFL Hall of Fame. However, like many celebrities his life outside had shadows kept well-hidden.
In 1996 Favre went to rehab during the height of his career, but what few knew until a recent interview with Sports Illustrated was that he had gone to rehab twice before. The first time was with Vicodin pills, the substance he was well documented having used during his public stint. He did complete his first stay, but later relapsed into using again.

He also had a battle with alcoholism which he went to rehab for. The takeaway is that while relapse is a distinct danger, with support from those who care and the courage to continue self-improving, you can beat addiction for good. Furthermore, this stands as proof that anyone could end up with a substance addiction – contact us for questions about admissions or rehab in New Jersey.


Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre revealed that he went to rehab multiple times in addition to the one well-documented 1996 rehab stint during his playing days.

Favre told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that he actually went to rehab two other times that were never made public. King reported their conversation in the final installment of his MMQB column on Monday, in which he recounted a week he spent with Favre for a cover story for the magazine.

“Oh, I remember that week,” Favre recounted to King in a phone call. “You thought, ‘Man, this guy’s high on life.’ You didn’t know there was a reason for it. It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year. 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. Maybe 30 minutes of quality sleep. I was the MVP on a pain-pill buzz. The crazy thing was, I’m not a night owl. Without pills I’d fall asleep at 9:30. But with pills, I could get so much done, I just figured, ‘This is awesome.’ Little did I know (wife) Deanna would be finding some of my pills and when she did, she’d flush them down the toilet.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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