Former MLB Number One Draft Pick Continues Battle with Addiction

March 3, 2012

Addiction woes continue for Texas Rangers power hitter Josh Hamilton, who recently suffered an alcohol-related relapse in his hometown of Dallas. This is Hamilton’s second alcohol-related relapse in three years, which has members of his family and members of his organization worried about him. Hamilton was the number one draft pick in all of Major League Baseball by the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999 but his drug and alcohol addiction proved too powerful for him to resist. In the years between his draft in 1999 and his first professional debut in 2007, Hamilton missed three full seasons in the minor leagues due to a steady stream of drug-related suspensions fueled by his addiction.

Hamilton relapsed in 2009 as well and thought it was a one time thing. He didn’t think additional substance abuse treatment was necessary and was able to stay sober until this most recent incident. However, since this latest relapse, Hamilton is singing a different tune. “This time, it’s not just, ‘Okay, it happened, we’ll move past it and maybe it won’t happen again.’ We want to find out why it continues to happen. Whether its things in my life-stress, home things, whatever the case-those things might be a trigger,” Hamilton said in an interview recently.

Josh Hamilton Seeks Treatment

Since his relapse, Hamilton has begun addiction counseling with a specialist as well as brought his wife Katie into his recovery program in family therapy as well. He is also fortunate enough to have a sober companion appointed by the Texas Rangers organization that now travels with him and acts as an all around support to Hamilton’s sobriety efforts. Hamilton calls him his accountability partner and describes this companion as “not babysitters. They’re somebody that love you, want the best for you and want to see you succeed and put you in the best position to do that.”

While Josh Hamilton tries bravely to conquer his addiction and go back into recovery, he was vehement to deny that drugs had any part of his relapse and noted that he continues to get tested three times a week per his MLB contract. “It’s going to be a process,” he said. “I’m learning from my mistakes. The work I’ve been doing isn’t a fix-all at this moment. It’s a learning process. It’s a spiritual reprogramming.”

Effect on the Fans

Celebrity addiction doesn’t just affect the person and their loved ones; it also affects their fans of all ages many of whom look to them as role models, whether the celebrity is aware of it or not. That is why when a celebrity is suffering from addiction, it can have an impact on thousands of people. We asked one of Josh Hamilton’s biggest fans, Jacob Brafman, for his reaction to Hamilton’s latest relapse. Jacob had the following to say: “I’m a really big fan and it makes me both mad and sad when he relapses. He’s letting his fans down and his teammates too.” When we asked if he was still a fan of Hamilton, Jacob said “Yes. He needs to stop abusing drugs and alcohol and get back to baseball. Then I hope he will come play outfield for the NY Mets!” Jacob, along with thousands of other fans may be hugely disappointed when celebrity heroes succumb to addiction, but they are also forgiving and cheering for the addict when they get the help they need and recover.

Florida Addiction Treatment

Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida for men who suffer from substance abuse and the myriad of other issues that accompany it. Josh Hamilton is yet another example of the fact that no amount of talent, money or fame is strong enough to protect you from drug and alcohol addiction. Once it gets a hold on you, it’s incredibly difficult to shake. This is where we come in. At Destination Hope, we have no higher priority than providing you with all of the attention and personalized care you need to successfully recover from your addiction. If there’s a man in your life who has a problem with drugs or alcohol, please put him in contact with us ASAP at 1-877-380-9777. Call us today, it’s never too late.

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