Chris Foerster says hitting bottom after cocaine video “was what I needed”

AP

Chris Foerster’s career as a football coach came to the screeching halt with the release of a video in October showing the then Miami Dolphins offensive line coach snorting lines of cocaine.

In retrospect, Foerster said the release of the video and the subsequent fallout that led to his resignation from the Dolphins and immediate admission into treatment was exactly what he needed to get his life back in order.

I’ve never felt better. I’ve never been happier. I’ve never been more clear. I’ve never been more open to whatever the possibilities are as I am right now today,” Foerster said in a story with Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Foerster completed a two-month stint in rehab at the HeadWaters at Origins Behavioral HealthCare in West Palm Beach, Fla. He’s been in outpatient therapy since and is part of a 12-step program as well.

Foerster has been a coach since 1982 with nine stops in the NFL with seven different franchises since 1993. He says he wants to return to coaching if the opportunity presents itself, but that’s not the most important thing right now.

“The No. 1 consequence for me is I have a chance to fix my life,” he said. “I have a chance to get well, I have a chance to get right, I have a chance to get better, I have a chance to try to repair relationships that may be destroyed and ruined for the rest of my life. But I have a chance to get it right, man. And I’m sincere in that.

“I had 25 years in the league and 10 in college. I’ve been blessed. I made a terrible mistake and I’m responsible for it, and I didn’t go to treatment because I wanted to get my job back. I knew this s— was out of control. It’s been the most humbling experience. But it’s what I needed.”

20 responses to “Chris Foerster says hitting bottom after cocaine video “was what I needed”

  1. Ah, ‘the everything is gonna be great level’. Epiphany daily.The first year is easy (and everything is seems clear as you go back to what you once were).

    he 2nd year is when it gets hard. Claiming how great it is, is what everyone says, give it some time. It’s a much deeper longer and winding road that you have yet to experience.

    Been there…

  2. Hopefully the macho types don’t overrun this section with their inane comments about “will power”. Or with their tired comments like “sure he went to rehab, just to excuse his behavior”.

    If you have no experience with addiction, keep your thoughts to yourself. If you think that treatment is some squishy liberal image enhancement gimmick, educate yourself.

    Stay strong Coach Foerster. There are plenty of people you will never know praying for your success.

  3. You’re not getting your job back, you are pretty untouchable because no one wants that in their clubhouse.

  4. Cocaine is a helluva drug. I never did it enough times to have a problem because it scared the hell out of me. Combine that stuff with alcohol and it’s like living in a video game. I felt invincible and if I lost some health, just a little bump brought me back my super powers. Like hitting the reset button on everything. When I finally came down because I had to go back to real life, I suffered the deepest depression and physical sickness that I’ve ever had in my life.

    All the power of God and love be with you, my man. Peace and love don’t leave you feeling like garbage when you wake up to reality.

  5. I have heard it said that anything that comes out of your mouth when you have less with less than 5 years clean should be taken with a grain of salt. After 5 years the chance of staying clean and actually knowing what you are talking about, walking the walk, chances go way up that you actually will have a shot. Way too many relapses for rookies in recovery before that. So a couple months? Good deal. Keep it up. One day at a time. But don’t go thinking you are ever cured. He should get a shot at returning to football. As long as he has has his priorities in order should be better at his job than he was before. Good luck to you coach.

  6. bobsacamano2 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 7:31 am
    Cocaine is a helluva drug. I never did it enough times to have a problem because it scared the hell out of me. Combine that stuff with alcohol and it’s like living in a video game. I felt invincible and if I lost some health, just a little bump brought me back my super powers. Like hitting the reset button on everything. When I finally came down because I had to go back to real life, I suffered the deepest depression and physical sickness that I’ve ever had in my life.

    All the power of God and love be with you, my man. Peace and love don’t leave you feeling
    like garbage when you wake up to reality.
    ——————————————————————————————

    Damn,

    That is some crazy stuff.

    Thank You for sharing, and may you continue to walk the Straight and Narrow.

  7. Ok Chris that sounds great! Now figure out another way to make a living; Reinvent yourself;sell insurance, drive a truck, operate a crane etc….there is not an NFL franchise, Division 3 or better program or high school program for Foerster to work.

  8. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 5:19 am
    Hopefully the macho types don’t overrun this section with their inane comments about “will power”. Or with their tired comments like “sure he went to rehab, just to excuse his behavior”.

    If you have no experience with addiction, keep your thoughts to yourself. If you think that treatment is some squishy liberal image enhancement gimmick, educate yourself.

    Stay strong Coach Foerster. There are plenty of people you will never know praying for your success.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Lumping those people together is no more fair than lumping all addicts together. I hope the best for him but I’m not gonna simply give it a pass either. He made a series of bad choices to wind up where he was. You typically don’t become addicted overnight.

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