Alcohol and Drug Addiction Help for Jockey, Patrick Valenzuela – Will He Finally Get the Help He Needs Now That California Has Revoked His License?
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has had a conditional license for the past several years due to substance abuse problems. On Friday he had his conditional license revoked by the California Horse Racing Board after being stopped and arrested for a DUI in Upland, California. It’s time for him to get the addiction help he needs.
During his stellar career – 3968 wins, including the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence – Mr. Valenzuela has had 10 interruptions due to drug or alcohol problems. He’s only 45 years old, and he has not been able to get his drug or alcohol abuse under control. He does need to finally make a change and get himself into a successful drug rehab program.
Mr. Valenzuela is not alone when it comes to substance abuse problems – nearly 20% of Americans over the age of 26 binge drink at least monthly, and millions of Americans use prescription drugs for reasons other than a medical condition.
It is also not a surprise that Mr. Valenzuela has not received the addiction help he needs to over come his dependence on drugs or alcohol. The same can be said of the majority of those who need treatment.
Tom Knust, Mr. Valenzuela’s agent said he was shocked by the news. He also said he wouldn’t represent him any longer.
The help Mr. Valenzuela needs is available to him. I hope he gets it so he can end his drug and alcohol addiction issues.
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