Packers QB Favre in Treatment for Substance Abuse

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At first, Brett Favre's biggest concern about offseason ankle surgery was the effect it would have on his golf game.

Instead, the hospital stay awakened the NFL's most valuable player to the truth that he was addicted to painkillers.

And when the Green Bay Packers quarterback was subsequently stricken with a seizure, he was so terrified he sought help under the league's substance abuse policy and decided to enter a drug treatment facility.

"It's very serious. It's something I have to take care of," said Favre, who disclosed his addiction during a news conference Tuesday in Green Bay. "My main objective is to get better first for myself and for my family and help this team win."

Favre, who threw an NFC-record 38 touchdowns last season in guiding the Packers to their first NFC title game in 28 years, disclosed that he voluntarily entered the league's substance abuse program in February.

He said he knew he had a problem after a seizure in the hospital following surgery Feb. 27 to remove bone chips from his left ankle.

Citing the confidentiality of the league's program, coach Mike Holmgren and general manager Ron Wolf refused to say what drug treatment center Favre, 26, would enter.

Team doctor John Gray said he hopes Favre can rehabilitate himself under the league's care and be ready for training camp in late July. …