Marcol back in Green Bay, helping others kick addictions

Former Packers kicker Chester Marcol sits at his desk at Libertas Treatment Center in Green Bay on October 6, 2017. (Photo credit: WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- More than 35 years after he provided the Green Bay Packers a leg up on the competition on the football field, Chester Marcol is now helping area residents kick addictions he knows all too well.

“It's huge,” said Marcol of coming back to Green Bay. “I love Green Bay, Packer mania and all the good stuff that's happening.”

Marcol is trying to add to the good through his work as an outpatient substance abuse counselor at Libertas Treatment Center. He started at Libertas last year in February.

Marcol became all too familiar with treatment centers between the end of his playing days and the beginning of his counselor career ten years ago.

“I was in 21 inpatient treatments and probably 40, 50 detox besides, so a lot,” said Marcol.

Marcol struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse.

“I remember drinking because I felt depressed,” said Marcol. “I was anxious, so I was medicating myself.”

Marcol says with the help of treatment, he eventually learned to grow up and take care of himself. Ever since, he's been trying to help take care of others in Michigan and now in Green Bay.

“He adds a lot of fun to the organization,” said Paula Manley, the executive director of Libertas. “He does a great job with his patients and they really care about him and he really cares about them.”

“One of the things I like to do is when I speak to another person who sits here is to allow them to feel comfortable and let them know they're not the only one who is struggling for the moment,” said Marcol.

Marcol says if anyone knows the feeling, it's him. He believes because he overcame his addictions, anyone else can overcome their own too.

“I'm very grateful to be able to share some of my story and hope to others that there is a different way of life,” said Marcol.

The Packers drafted Marcol in 1972 and played for nine seasons. Statistically, no Packers has ever kicked more field goals in a single season than Marcol. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1987.

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