Raiders' Maxx Crosby opens up about alcohol addiction, being 18 months sober

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Raiders' Maxx Crosby opens up about alcohol addiction, being 18 months sober

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby is nearing an 18-month milestone of being sober. In 2020 March, Crosby entered a month-long stay in rehab for alcoholism. Since then, Crosby has been living a sober life and he is happy to be where he is now.

"It got to a point after my rookie year my life became unmanageable," Crosby told ESPN. "Alcohol, partying and all that s--- became too much of a distraction in my life. It became just overwhelming. I've always had issues with drinking and partying throughout high school and college.

I've been able to slip by and get by, but it became too much for me and it's always been that one crutch. "Alcoholism runs in my family and I'm an alcoholic. So, for me, I knew it was something that was always a crutch. I always knew I had a problem.

I knew I couldn't just drink like everybody else. I got ahead of it. My first year of sobriety is always the hardest and that was last year. I had a lot of ups and downs. Mentally it was really tough for me. But going in, I'm almost a year-and-a-half sober now and life is great.

I'm really enjoying every single day. I'm enjoying the work."

Crosby admitted his journey wasn't easy

Cutting alcohol from his life wasn't an easy thing to do for Crosby but he knew it was the right to do. It was March 11 [2020], the day I got sober," Crosby said.

"I was living in Hollywood. Strolled out there and checked into rehab. ... And the whole world was put on shut down. I was there for a month and then I was able to just get myself right. And then after rehab, for that month I went to a sober living [facility] and I was staying out in Venice Beach all the way until training camp.

I was literally in treatment like for the whole offseason. "It was a big struggle but looking back on my journey, I know five years, 10 years down the road, I'll look back and be like, that was the biggest offseason of my life even though I was just trying to get my s--- together and just trying to stay above water.

I know if I can make it through that s--- and get sober, I can do anything. It was special and I met some awesome people along the way."