On the road to recovery, Chapman had assistance from others. One person who lent a helping hand early on was Danny Ainge. Now the Celtics president of basketball operations, Ainge coached Chapman in Phoenix. In 2001, he spoke to his former player about addressing the battle he was losing.
“Danny Ainge came to me and said, ‘Hey man, you’re really messing up,’” Chapman recalled. “‘You got to go away and get — you’re messing your life up, your family, your kids, your wife. Everything.’ And so, I begrudgingly went and got to rehab.”
Chapman would complete his first trip to rehab, but unfortunately went on to abuse pain killers again. He would experience more adversity and go through rehab twice more before getting to where he is now.