The routines that Ribeiro followed were not healthy ones.
Out for lunch, out for dinner, staying out at night.
Drinking, drugs, women.
Ribeiro is determined to stay clean and sober.
"I was doing things I shouldn't do," Ribeiro said. "It was time for me to clean up my system and find the right path."
This wasn't the first time he'd tried to come to grips with his behavior, his addictive lifestyle. But in the past he'd always tried to go the solo route to recovery. And for a few months, there might have been a change in behavior.
"But then you're back drinking or you're back smoking again," he said.
The NHL is a small town spread over 30 cities. The stories about Ribeiro, his lifestyle and his situation were well-known.
On his own, Ribeiro spiraled out of control. “I would come home and be alone in the house,” he said. “I started drinking during the day. I would smoke cigarettes. I would smoke other drugs. I had nothing else to do.”
After a trade to Dallas after the 2006 season, it escalated. What was usually a social activity became something darker.
“Instead of one glass, I’d have three,” he said. “I did things I regret now. I was at the height of my career, but I was careless. I’d come home, I was a good father, I wasn’t the best husband, but I was living like a single guy.”
“I think that when I was really ready to get a divorce, I saw that he wasn’t ready to change his lifestyle,” Tamara told TVA Sports.