Dennis Rodman Talks Recovery

By Kelly Burch 03/01/18

The five-time NBA champion recently shared that he has over a month of sobriety under his belt.

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Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman said that he is 38 days sober, though living without alcohol is a “struggle” at times. 

However, after his second Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Los Angeles, he told TMZ Sports that he is doing well. "I feel great, man. It's kinda weird not to have a cocktail on a beautiful day in California but like I said, it's just one day at a time,” he said.

In a video celebrating his first 30 days of sobriety, Rodman thanked fans for their support. “I’m hoping that I can continue on my journey to be sober. That’s a long road.”

Rodman was arrested earlier this year for driving under the influence by police in Newport Beach, California. He entered treatment at Turning Point in Paterson, New Jersey. 

“It’s no secret Dennis has been struggling on and off with alcoholism the past 17 years,” his agent, Darren Prince, said in January, when Rodman entered treatment. “He’s been dealing with some very personal issues the past month and we’re going to get him the help he needs now.”

This isn’t Rodman’s first time seeking treatment. In 2014, he checked into rehab after his controversial trip to North Korea. Around that time he also gave an interview to CNN during which he appeared to be drunk, and insinuated that an American sentenced for treason in North Korea deserved his punishment. 

“What was potentially a historical and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned. Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in rough shape emotionally,” Prince said at the time. “The pressure that was put on him to be a combination ‘super human’ political figure and ‘fixer’ got the better of him. He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

Rodman also appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009 before being fired, in part because of his excessive drinking.

“Dennis has obviously got a drinking problem,” fellow contestant Jesse James said during a boardroom meeting on the show. Rodman did not seem to think that his drinking was an issue. 

Prince, Rodman’s agent, is in recovery himself, and said earlier this year that he hopes to help Rodman discover the gifts of sobriety. 

“Dennis often tells me how much I changed for the better so I’m hoping to give him the same gift I’ve been given.”

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