DAVIE — The Dolphins say they will help former offensive line coach Chris Foerster get whatever help he needs.
Turning to tight end Anthony Fasano might be a prudent start for Foerster.
Fasano helped start Next Chapter, an addiction and trauma treatment center in Delray Beach. While he isn’t a therapist, instead focusing on the business aspects of the operation during the offseason, Fasano has had a close-up view of how difficult kicking drug addiction can be. He was inspired to open the center in 2015 after seeing a relative fight to kick drugs years ago.
Despite Fasano’s experience with the issue, his reaction to seeing the viral video of Foerster snorting a white powder was similar to many on the team.
“Just kind of shocked,” Fasano said. “I had a good experience with him and I wish him the best and speedy recovery and we’re here to support him however we can.”
Foerster resigned Monday, saying he took “full responsibility” for his actions.
“My sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals,” Foerster said in his statement.
It’s not known if the substance in the video was cocaine or a prescribed drug, or if Foerster fits the clinical definition of an addict. But in the video, Foerster does refer to having gotten high before.
Beating addiction is a challenge for anyone, Fasano said.
“Just from the numbers, I know it’s tough,” Fasano said. “With the amount of relapses that go on, even after rehab, it’s a lot.”
Fasano said he could not speculate on Foerster’s future in part because he does not have enough information, but also because each case is unique.
Fasano doubted addiction is more prevalent in the NFL than in general.
“I would say we’re probably even an outlier where we have less than the general population because of the care — we need to take care of ourselves, and our bodies are our jobs,” Fasano said. “I would say less, but there’s normal civilians all in this locker room, too, and we’re subject to the same childhood and life pressures as everybody.”