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Darryl Strawberry opening rehab center for drug-addicted athletes

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A sort of celebrity rehab will open in March 2014 in St. Cloud.

Baseball great and recovering drug addict Darryl Strawberry is opening a center to help others get sober.  

On Friday, Strawberry shook hands and signed autographs at a ceremonial grand opening for members of community.  While most admire Strawberry for what he did on the baseball field, he told FOX 35 that he found his true purpose by reaching out to others through the ministry he runs with his wife.

"A lot of athletes, we don't know [our purpose] when we're playing.  We have the uniform on and we're stars and we play for this great team, but that's just what we do. A lot of us don't really know who we are," Strawberry said.  

The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center will have a program for professional athletes who struggle with addiction.  Strawberry recalled feeling singled out during his many stints in rehab because of his notoriety.

The facility will house addicted athletes together in a dorm that is not overly-comfortable where they can help each other through tough times.  

"They could stay together and they can learn together and work together," Strawberry said.  

The recovery center isn't just for the famous.   Strawberry hopes that every addict treated at the St. Cloud facility will learn from his very public battle with addiction.  

The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center won't just treat addicts.  It will also be an outpatient clinic for HPN Neurologic, a company that provides treatment with people with Traumatic Brain Injury.

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