Raptors’ DeRozan talks depression, says he’s never had a drink

Good piece on Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, an NBA All-Star, opening up about depression and anxiety in the Toronto Star. This kind of candor is rare for a professional athlete and a useful read for those of us dealing with similar feelings in recovery, as many of us are.

This part stuck out to me:

“I had friends that I thought was perfectly fine, next thing you know they’re a drug addict and can’t remember yesterday . . . I never had a drink in my life because I grew up seeing so many people drinking their life away to suppress the (troubles) they were going through, you know what I mean?”

It is so great that he had the awareness to make that decision and stick to it.