The trauma that Coleman experienced during his childhood did cause him problems during his professional career, and through this he learned the extensive and lasting impact that active addiction can have on the family. He was worried about his mother and his siblings, and he struggled with low self-esteem and personal “demons.” He used to think, “I’m in the NFL, how come I’m so insecure? How come I still feel this way?” He entered therapy and did a ton of personal work on his unresolved trauma, and eventually he felt better. This is another message that Coleman works to spread – there is absolutely no shame in needing and seeking professional help.
He also explained the issues he had staying away from drugs and alcohol while playing professional sports.
“What happens in the NFL when you get an injury? Most people pop a pill and get shots before games. You do whatever you have to do to get yourself on the field, so players will get dependent on these pills. At the end of the NFL season 100% of the players are hurt. Everyone is playing through something. It’s a violent game and as long as it is, people are going to lean on medication, marijuana, or alcohol to cope,” he explained. Then he touched on the importance of reaching out. “People tend to be ashamed to admit that they are not perfect and to ask for help. Ask for help!”