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Johnny Manziel decided to enter rehab on his own, no intervention needed

Johnny Manziel

The announcement on Monday that Johnny Manziel reportedly entered rehab last week quickly and unfortunately becameĀ  the biggest NFL news of the moment on a day when the league would have much preferred instead to bask in the afterglow of a phenomenal Super Bowl XLIX. What makes the announcement that the Cleveland Browns quarterback is seeking treatment encouraging is that he chose to do so on his own accord, as experts in the field state that success in treatment is more likely if a young adult is not coerced — or even forced — into entering rehabilitation.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, who has been as plugged-in as any reporter in the country to the entire Johnny Manziel Mania since he was drafted by the Browns, reports that Manziel voluntarily entered rehab and no intervention was needed.

Cabot reports that Manziel departed Cleveland last Tuesday in order to inform those those closest to him of his intentions in a face-to-face manner.

Manziel reportedly returned to Ohio after breaking the news personally to family and friends and checked-in to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility at a location that is within driving distance to Cleveland.

The quarterback’s decision to seek treatment for his purported problems with alcohol follows a lengthy and controversial period of time where his use appeared to be a catalyst to several, well-publicized exhibitions of seemingly drunken behavior, much to the chagrin of his family and the Browns. And before he made a not-so seamless transition to the NFL, Texas A&M was charged with dealing with Manziel’s often-unpredictable, hard-partying, public persona, including brushes with the law on occasion.

But friends and family are completely behind Manziel’s decision to get help and are extremely proud he sought help on his own accord. Cabot notes in the thorough and informative write-up that chronicles how Manziel arrived at this unfortunate crossroads that most 22-year-olds enter in-patient treatment without prodding from others, and those that make up some of his inner circle believe he’ll take his stint in rehab seriously and put in the necessary to work to get his life — and less importantly, his career — back on track.