Leben Thinks Getting Busted For Painkillers Best Thing That Could Have Happpened
“I’ve battled drugs and alcohol. I’ve battled with those for my entire life. I’ve had an issue with being addicted to painkillers for years now. I had some issues with my camp and it was almost a cry for help. I knew I was going to get caught and I just didn’t care at the time. I’m extremely embarrassed, I feel like I let down the UFC, but at the same time I think getting caught is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. The UFC has been unbelievable, they sent me to a rehab facility and they really took care of me…. My wife had brought them to me for after the fight, and I had tapered off them for the fight, but there were some issues, a lot of stress, and I cracked. It was as simple as that. I knew they were there and I cracked. I couldn’t hold out. Right now life is actually going well for me — it’s going great, considering. Life’s going really good, better than it has in a long, long time.”
It’s been awhile now, since Chris Leben’s UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz. In the post-fight drug screening the UFC identified banned substances in his system and suspended him from active competition for 12-months.
Getting caught as it turns out is one of the best things that could have happened to “The Crippler” who confessed to mmafighting.com this morning that he is an addict.