Pro Footballer Fraser Franks On Battling Alcohol Addiction and The Power You Gain When You Find Your Identity
At the age of 28, professional footballer Fraser Franks was abruptly forced into retirement from professional football and found himself spiralling into depression, which swiftly led to a prolonged period of alcohol addiction.
Through sheer willpower and determination, Fraser pulled himself back from the brink of self-destruction and has since gone on to become a vocal champion when it comes to helping others to beat their alcohol issues.
Fraser talks frankly about what it means to go from the top to the bottom, how he has learned to frame his past and why our careers must never truly define who we are as a person, the sometimes shocking moments from his time as an alcoholic, and why he resolved to pull himself back from the edge in order to carve out a happier, healthier life.
Another incredibly raw episode of the On a Mission podcast.
When we are young, we seem to set our entire life's path according to the career we aspire to. When we have the benefit of experience and maturity, we see that career paths never truly define who we are as a person.
There's no such thing as failure when it comes to anything. There are only lessons that we can use to make us stronger and more resilient.
Alcohol makes us far more confident, and can allow us to explore a more free-thinking side of ourselves. But if that isn't who we truly are, then we tend to rely upon it to help us in social situations, leading to a spiralling effect, where we can't exist in the world unless we drink.
Rather than face the judgment of those who love us, alcohol users hide their addictions, forcing them to become shadowy versions of the person they once were. this can lead to shame, and a loss of self-worth.
'There was no separation of the player and the person'
'Personality is not permanent - good or bad'
'I developed a real confidence with alcohol, but no confidence without it'
'I became defensive because I knew I was drinking more than I wanted to'
'I didn't like the person that I was becoming'
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