July 1, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Darryl Strawberry signs autographs before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Darryl Strawberry to open substance abuse treatment center


Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry went from being a World Series champion to being an addict battling substance abuse. It is a common story line that doesn’t always end well, but that was nearly 20 years ago and Strawberry, now a pastor, continues to walk the line and is now opening a substance abuse treatment center.

The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC) will celebrate its Grand Opening on Friday, January 24 in Orlando, Fla. It is the first of several planned locations throughout the U.S.

“I’ve had my own personal battles with substance abuse in the past so I understand the need for care that’s focused on treating each client with a personalized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of their disease,” said Darryl Strawberry. “That’s what individuals and professional athletes can expect to find here at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center.”

DSRC was founded in partnership with Strawberry and Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc. to provide athletes and individuals suffering from substance abuse with a center for excellence in addiction treatment and recovery.

During his 17-year MLB career, Strawberry helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986, and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

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