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Jon Jones says he lived at traumatic facility for 30 days this summer

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Jon Jones sought professional help to deal with his depression earlier this year.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion told ESPN that he lived at a traumatic facility for 30 days at the end of June. After the death of his mother in June 2017 and his positive drug test that August, Jones said he felt “pretty hopeless.” So he went to The Guest House in Ocala, Florida, where he received help from counselors and psychiatrists, to learn about “trauma and loss.”

“I regained my happiness,” Jones said. … “I had to relearn how to love myself as a father, as a husband, as a brother and as a friend. I had to get back to being Jonathan Jones, and I had to learn how to put Jon ‘Bones’ Jones — I had to learn how to differentiate the two. And that’s when I became happy again.”

Jones said living at the facility “helped a lot.”

“I’m really glad I did because I feel so much better now,” Jones said.

According to The Guest House website, “guests heal from trauma-induced substance abuse, process addiction, anxiety or depression in a safe, comfortable and confidential setting.”

Jones received a reduced 15-month suspension from USADA last month. It was reduced from a potential maximum four-year suspension because Jones provided “substantial assistance” to the UFC’s anti-doping partner.

Jones is eligible to return to the cage Oct. 28, but he said that he is expected to fight Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch at the end of the year. The fight would likely be for the undisputed 205-pound title. Daniel Cormier is the current champion and would have to drop the title first. “DC,” who also holds the heavyweight belt, recently said he expects the UFC to soon strip him of the light heavyweight title.

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