Darren Clarke has taken the first step to recovery. The problem he has is golf. Unfortunately, that's also his profession.
Clarke calls the game "a drug" in his new autobiography, "An Open Book," and describes how, at times, all he wants to do is stop playing it. Just then, the game ropes him back in. Liam Kelly of the Irish Independent brings us some relevant passages:
"One of my biggest pluses is also one of my biggest negatives, in that my desire and determination, admirable qualities for the most part, sometimes get in the way of what I am trying to achieve.
"I want things so badly that although my attitude has driven me to the highest of highs, it has also taken me to the lowest of lows. And I find it very difficult to deal with the lows."
In another revealing passage he says: "I've seriously thought about packing it [golf] in on several occasions but those feelings have not lasted because I love the game so much.
"I absolutely detest it at times too. I really do, and I sometimes wonder about the futility of it all, but I just can't give it up. It's like a drug to me. The challenge keeps me going."
File this under "Pros are just like us!" Of course, unlike us, Clarke has admitted he is powerless over the game. Even though he's better than nearly everyone. There may be a lesson there. Read the book and find out.