Houston Astros Player Marijuana Addiction

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Chris Deile

Redding, CA

#1 Mar 5, 2014
Jonathan Singleton Discusses Battle with Marijuana, Substance Addiction By Tim Daniels , Mar 4, 2014

Houston Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton is a power-hitting first baseman capable of becoming a force at the plate for a franchise desperately seeking star power. While he doesn't lack talent, his off-field progress is just as important to his development.

Singleton was suspended 50 games last year following a second failed drug test for marijuana. Kristie Rieken of The Associated Press reports Singleton has now been marijuana-free for more than a year as he attempts to make the Astros' Opening Day roster.

He said his drug addiction really became a problem after his second failed test because he continued to smoke on a daily basis afterward. That's when he agreed to enter a rehabilitation center, which posed some problems at the outset:

I knew I had a problem. Even after I failed the second drug test I couldn't stop smoking weed. It was really bad. Me going there was definitely the best move.

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They would turn off the lights at 11:30 and I would just sit there and stare at the ceiling because I couldn't go to sleep. My heart was beating too fast. I would get night sweats. It was bad. I legitimately went through withdrawal.

Chris Deile

Redding, CA

#2 Mar 5, 2014
That's from CNN online "Bleacher report"; link on CNN: "MLB prospect battles pot addiction"

March 5, 2014

--Glad to see something along these lines about the personal harm of marijuana.

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