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MLB’s Josh Hamilton Talks About Relapse

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Celebrities, Voices in Recovery

MLB’s Josh Hamilton Talks About Relapse

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.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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