Johnny Manziel addresses sobriety, talks about how he's dealing with bipolar disorder



"I was self-medicating with alcohol because I thought that's what was making me happy", Manziel declared in a nod to his personal demons.

"I had a sense of entitlement about what I had accomplished at the age I accomplished it and I got so ingrained in only caring about what Johnny wanted", Manziel said.

"But at the end of the day, when you wake up the next day after a night like that, or after going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that's all gone and that liquid courage and that sense of liquid euphoria that's over you is all gone and you're left staring at the ceiling by yourself and you're back in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself being super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you've made in your life". What did that get me? Where did that get me beside out of the NFL?

Manziel has not played in an National Football League game since Week 16 of the 2015 season and was released by Cleveland after two seasons following an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Johnny Football is finally ready to talk.

Manziel admits there's no one to blame but him: Run-ins with the law including a domestic assault charge that was dismissed in November after he agreed to attend an anger management course; and his well-documented partying and drinking.

"He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie", the elder Manziel told's Josina Anderson. He just hasn't [sought] it yet. Hopefully, he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. We'll be interested to hear what else he has to say.

Manziel said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about a year ago.

"I saw the trickle-down effects of what I was doing in my life, that were meaningless and pointless and selfish", Manziel said. And his goal is to get back on the football field. He has not played since being cut by the Browns but has a contract on the table from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. It's his first sit-down interview in more than two years. Manziel said. "But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now".

In an interview with Good Morning America, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is going public in an effort to get back to the NFL.