(Toronto) Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard has been authorized to return to training after completing the NHL and NHLPA player assistance program.

This is what the circuit indicated on Friday.

Girard decided to take a step back on November 24 to treat severe anxiety and depression disorders that led to alcohol abuse.

The 25-year-old is playing his eighth season in the NHL. After playing five games with the Nashville Predators, who drafted him 47th overall in 2016, he was traded to the Avalanche.

In 431 NHL games, the former Shawinigan Cataractes scored 29 goals and totaled 185 points. He added two goals and 22 points in 51 playoff games.

The Avalanche will return to action on Saturday when they host the Arizona Coyotes.