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Former Tottenham Midfielder Vows to Battle Alcohol Problem


Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paul Gascoigne was hospitalized in a Dorset medical facility after he suffered a relapse last week, breaking his record of being “alcohol clean” the past seven months. He looked haggard and frail as he was seen being led to an ambulance.


The retired English footballer, now 47, said he is determined to stop drinking permanently and is confident he can beat his alcohol problem. Gascoigne, also known as Gazza, was admitted to the hospital drunk.


He started to drink again after he received an eviction notice on his flat in Sandbanks, Poole. “Up until a few weeks ago, I was doing great. I have an illness and I had a bad moment. Now I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Gascoigne told the Daily Mail.


At his lowest point after his retirement, the professional athlete snorted cocaine and drank a liter of gin daily. He became delusional and refused to leave him room.


He joined Alcoholics Anonymous and enrolled in the 12 Steps Program to battle his alcohol problem. Gascoigne even shared with BBC Radio 5 in 2009 his struggle with his vices.


Prior to his attending AA sessions, he was fired as manager of Kettering in 2005 after he was accused of drinking at games. In 2010, he showed up during a standoff between cops and gunman Raoul Moat, claiming he was a friend of Moat. Gasciogne had with him a can of lager, chicken, fishing red, a Newcastle shirt, and a dressing gown when he showed up in Rothbury, Northumberland.


But sports fans remember him more for his great performance as player for Newcastle United, Lazio, Rangers, Everton and Middlesbrough.


“I know I can overcome this. I am an alcoholic so I am taking one day at a time, but I will get there,” Gascoigne said.


Such an optimistic outlook will help struggling alcoholics like Gascoigne to conquer their habit. However, he could also get some help from BioCorRx, Inc. (OTCQB: BICX) which has developed an innovative approach to alcohol and opioid abuse treatment called the Start Fresh Program that is believed by some experts to be a “game-changer” in the rehabilitation sector. The Start Fresh Program is a two-tiered program used by local addiction clinics across the United States which involves an outpatient medical procedure and psycho-social coaching. 


The first component involves an outpatient medical procedure to embed a biodegradable naltrexone implant under theabdominal skin and fatty tissue. The implant then delivers therapeutic levels of the antagonist drug, naltrexone, into the bloodstream which can curb one’s cravings for alcohol or opioids.


The second tier of the program involves a private, one-on-one coaching program to address the specific needs of the alcoholics and addicts, as well as to help him or her plan for a life free from substance abuse.


Learn more information about the Start Fresh Program and about possible investment opportunities with BioCorRx, Inc. by visiting its new investor relations website

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