Deadspin has found pictures of Josh Hamilton partying it up with a couple lady friends in Tempe, Arizona last winter. Hopefully this is just a one time slip for a man that has claimed to be sober since 2005.
As an expert in the field of addiction, Josh hamilton did not just fall off the wagon one time last winter as reported. I don’t have to be there to know just be looking at him, that he has had at least one relapse other than this one and more than likely, he used cocaine. Relapse is not an event. It is a sign that you have reservations about your recovery. From the very beginning, his program has taken a back seat to his baseball. Whenever you put something, anything in front of your recovery, it is the SECOND thing you lose. The first thing you lose is the emotional connection to your own recovery which is followed by an actual physical relapse. If he is not getting help now, he will relapse again
In his situation, people with addiction and who make a lot of money, tend to run out of life before they run out of money. I have seen literally thousands of addicts in my profession and the ones that learn to stay clean and sober are the ones who have a daily program of recovery to remind themselves to keep their priorities straight. In this case. hamilton is a typical case of a self-centered addict who believes he is different than those with less fame and money. The truth is that it doesn’t matter how much money you make because you cannot by recovery,you must learn to live it on a daily basis especially if you are famous.
Now that he has let the beast out of the cage, he needs to understand that his will is of little use and that even if he has managed act as if he can now handle the situation, I guarantee that he will go back to staying clean the way he did before the relapse which means that he is setting himself up once again to relapse. Each relapse means that he is getting closer to a place where he will not be able to get back and will eventually say fuck everything and just get loaded. Right now he needs someone in his life who is willing to tell him the truth about addiction: “Just because the monkey is off your back, don’t mean the circus ever leaves town!
I am an associate pastor in the Belleville NJ area. Recently I received Josh Hamiltons book from my daughter as a christmas gift. I loved reading his story and praised God for the deliverance that God can give. I decided to look him up on the internet to see if there was a remote possibility of scheduling him to speak at our church which is in the Newark/New York area. I was sad to see that he had fallen displayed by the pics on the internet. I will be praying for him though. I realize that addictions are the most difficult thing we battle and I pray that by God’s grace he will make it all the way through this time.
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