Chicago-area substance use treatment provider Kiva Recovery has become the treatment and education partner for the National Basketball Retired Players Association, a group founded in the 1990s to support the post-career needs of professional basketball players.
Under the arrangement, Kiva will offer association members confidential consultations, screenings and recommendations for treatment placement when indicated. Kiva also will offer ongoing substance use education to members and their families via seminars, webinars and a customized portal.
“Retired athletes may find themselves facing substance abuse issues for a number of reasons,” Kiva executive director David Bohl said in a March 12 news release. “Some may have become reliant on opiates used to manage the pain or injury during their playing days and the chronic pain that continues when they leave the court.” Bohl added, “Given their high-profile reputation they often feel they have nowhere to turn for help.”
The retired players group includes former athletes in the National Basketball Association (NBA), American Basketball Association (ABA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), as well as alumni of the Harlem Globetrotters.