Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton talks openly about addiction and relapse. According to Sports Illustrated, he acknowledges he will be an addict for life, and hopes that his slip ups will be few and far between on his path to sobriety. Hamilton relapsed on alcohol last month, and he prays there is no more derailment.
“I don’t like continuing to make mistakes,” Hamilton said. ”It jumps up and bites me.” He adds that he needs to take back control of his actions. Hamilton claims that he is in a better place emotionally and spiritually the past three weeks. In a news conference this week, Hamilton had a stack of note cards and a Bible, as he recited verses that have influenced him recently. He says he will no longer put a “Band-Aid” over his addiction and communication issues, instead he plans to look for a long-term solution.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said, “When you have setbacks, that’s human nature. With his addiction, relapse is part of recovery. We have supported him since the day he got here, and we’ll support him until the day he is no longer a Texas Ranger, if ever.” Hamilton receives regular drug tests from Major League Baseball, which he claims have kept him accountable.
“If I didn’t have any weaknesses, I wouldn’t need God,” Hamilton tells the press. ”I need to stay in that place of surrender. Every time I get a little distracted or have some other ideas in mind as far as things taking place where He needs to be, you know what, my weakness shows and it comes out in full effect.” He assures the press this is not a baseball thing, but it is a life thing.
I want to applaud Josh for speaking so openly about his relapse, helping others to better understand and helping those who do understand to not feel so alone in their own weaknesses.Photo courtesy of Getty Images.