Sports talk show host, Dan McNeil, made his way back to the airwaves after a six-week hiatus. According to ChicagoTribune.com, McNeil told the world he spent time focusing on treatment for depression and substance abuse. McNeil writes a weekly column for the Chicago tribune, as well. He claims to currently be receiving assistance from an outpatient treatment center.
McNeil told his listeners, “I was born with something that I have no control over, and I have fought that for a good portion of my life. It is not the type of disease that garners much sympathy, but I am not interested in sympathy.” McNeil explains that he had been taking a mood stabilizer on his doctor’s advice. The side effect of the medication was fatigue, and McNeil ended up going off the medication without telling his doctor.
“The descent was rapid- and it was immediate,” McNeil explains. In February, he took a small break to focus on his “health and wellness.” In his return this week, he also tells his audience, “The other part of that is my relationship with substances. Time to hit the brakes on something that has been a best friend when all other measures failed…It’s weed, it’s alcohol…I can’t have it, I can’t have the substances. I can’t promise anything down the road, but I know today-as I have been for the last six weeks-pretty happy to be substance-free.”
McNeil is optimistic that better days are ahead. He said, “Real joy has returned to my life. I know with you listeners, I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust, as I am doing with the most important people in my family. I hope you will give me the benefit of the doubt and give me a chance to re-gain that trust.”
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