Posted: 19 September, 2012 by Triple M's Hot Breakfast

Gavin Crosisca Wants To Help Others After Revealing He Is A Recovering Drug Addict

Collingwood Premiership star Gavin Crosisca says he will dedicate his life to helping people with drug and alcohol problems after revealing to Eddie McGuire he has battled a drug addiction that has nearly cost him everything.

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Collingwood Premiership star Gavin Crosisca says he will dedicate his life to helping people with drug and alcohol problems after revealing to Eddie McGuire he has battled a drug addiction that has nearly cost him everything.

AUDIO: Eddie McGuire speaks about and with Gavin Crosisca.

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Crosisca is recovering from his own addiction with the help of his wife, Nicole, and his three kids.

The 44-year-old, considered by many to be one of the best backmen of his era, played in Collingwood's famous 1990 Grand Final win over Essendon and kicked two goals as the Pies broke a long premiership drought.

He has told McGuire he was a drug addict throughout his playing career in the hope his story can lift the veil on the issue and help others in need.

"I was drinking alcohol. I used cannabis consistently through my career and ongoing until the fifth of May last year(2011)," Crosisca told McGuire EMT program on Fox Footy.

Crosisca also admitted to using the methamphetamine, speed. He does, however, say he never used it with other players and it was 'something he needed to do'.

Speaking to EMT, which airs Wednesday night on Fox Footy at 8:30pm, Crosisca will also detail the impact drug addiction has had on his life.

"I used to go to bed every night saying to myself; 'That was it. No more. I've got too much to lose. I've got a beautiful wife and three great kids. What am I doing?'. I just didn't understand why I needed to do this," Crosisca said.

"I'd go to bed each night, and I'd pray. I'd say 'just get me through this and let me stop'. The next morning all I am thinking about is scoring again."

"It has cost myself and my family enormously. Emotionally. Spiritually. Materially. Mentally. It has cost us everything, especially my wife."

Crosisca played 244 games with the Pies and played State Of Origin for Victoria, Queensland and the Allies.

He retired in 2000 before working as an assistant coach under Denis Pagan at North Melbourne for two years (2001-2002) and at Hawthorn in 2003.

Crosisca ended up back under Pagan at Carlton in 2007 before taking the reins of Heidelberg Football Club in 2010, a job he would resign from for personal reasons in the middle of 2011.

We wish Crosisca all the best in using his story to help others.

Gavin Crosisca talks to Chris Judd in 2008.(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

READ: Eddie McGuire's Herald Sun Article

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Mick Malthouse speaks to Gavin Crosisca in 2000. (Photo: AFL Media)

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VIDEO: Gavin Crosisca with a running goal and also two goals from the 1990 Grand Final.(Source: Youtube)

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