Leben: Positive drug test 'best thing' for me

by Michael David Smith | source: mmafighting.com

"I've battled drugs and alcohol," Leben said on The MMA Hour. "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."

Leben said he knew he had the oxycodone and oxymorphone pills with him at the UFC event in England knowing he would be drug tested, and that while he hoped he could force himself off the pills just long enough to get through the fight and start taking them again afterward, as the fight approached he just couldn't stop.

"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," Leben said. "It was as simple as that. I knew they were there and I cracked. I couldn't hold out."

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Blazing Knees site profile image  

3/15/12 8:57 AM by Blazing Knees

 You can use Suboxone and be brand new in 30 mins

Blazing Knees site profile image  

3/15/12 8:10 AM by Blazing Knees

 UNLIKE Thiago Silvas interview on e front page making excuses for his steroid susupension. At least Leben owns up to his fayults as a human and a fighter

Joe_Drogan420 site profile image  

3/13/12 12:36 PM by Joe_Drogan420

Sometimes people need to hit rock bottom.Good for Chris, the first step is admitting. There's still a long way to go.It's good to see all the fan support, Chris needs support now.Who knows? It might be best for him not to fight anymore..but you never know, look at Matt Brown. That guy od'd on heroin and recovered to be a ufc fighter.

charms434 site profile image  

3/13/12 12:33 PM by charms434

Trust me training or/and fighting while in a pain killer addiction is NO advantage. If anything you are zapped of 70%(guesstimate) of your energy. Your as dull as a butter knife and when u are sick u shit and puke every vitamin and mineral in your body. IM SO HAPPY TO HEAR Chris is getting better. I've been where he is. 1 step at a time brother!

CindyO site profile image  

3/13/12 12:28 PM by CindyO

 I can respect a fighter who doesn't BS you and takes full responsibility for his actions. Hope he comes back stronger than ever. Cindy

fightsfan site profile image  

3/13/12 12:24 PM by fightsfan

COMING CLEAN is cathartic and needed.Good luck Leben and kudos for being honest about the ordeal

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

3/13/12 12:21 PM by Bobby Lupo

 Wish I knew this shit before betting on him

CaptChaos site profile image  

3/13/12 12:09 PM by CaptChaos

His wife has nothing to do with it. He didn't throw her under the bus. At that point in his addiction quitting cold turkey can be more harmful then staying on the pills. When you are that bad you need to see a Dr. and get off them the right way. I'm sure she hates seeing him like that but the pills make you feel "better." Not taking them make you look and feel like garbage!

CaptChaos site profile image  

3/13/12 12:03 PM by CaptChaos

Oxy's are very hard to get off of. The next step is heroin. You would rather be addicted to crack or cocaine than Oxy's imo. At least they are mental withdraws where Oxy's are a debilatating physical withdraw! I wish the best for Chris.

superCalo site profile image  

3/12/12 10:51 PM by superCalo

is that the stuff that makes you grow more hair ?