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Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 2:35 pm
By Matt Snyder

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has a past that isn't a secret to any baseball fan. He battled drug and alcohol addiction for years and then came back from them to become one of baseball's most recognizable stars.

Unfortunately, according to the Dallas Morning News, Hamilton relapsed and drank alcohol this week in the Dallas area. If the initial report wasn't enough, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is also reporting the relapse.

Also, the Rangers have released this statement: "We are aware of a situation, but we don't have further comment at this time."

Hamilton is without an "accountability coach" at present. This isn't the first time he's relapsed, either. Back in 2009, he drank in excess and some photos of him surfaced on Hamilton would say, at the time:

"It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things." (

Hamilton is a free agent after the 2012 season.

UPDATE: Katie Hamilton, Josh's wife, has posted the following message on Twitter:

“Truly appreciate all the encouraging & supportive tweets we've been getting. God is Faithful and forgives- so thankful that you all are showing us such love and encouragement during this time.”

UPDATE II: Hamilton spoke for a bit over 10 minutes in a press conference and came clean.

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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:59 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I understand what you are saying JazznBlue, as I have seen people attempt to "just have one" and begin a long painful demise. But this is the great challenge of recovery: the actual process of reintegration. I think this is incredibly major too...i think this can be a breakthrough for Josh, and a great way to demonstrate his true human skills.

See, people who count down the days that they've been sober are never rehabilitated because they never reintegrate. They lose identity ("My name is Janine and I'm an alcoholic"); the qualities that once defined them and their relationships in life (even the productive ones) lose originality. They must change their routine, including the places they are and the people they see. Basically, they adopt a lifestyle where they live in fear of something they defer power to, where all their actions are directly toward avoiding this thing, and where they are never rewarded.

And don't tell me that "the feeling of overcoming obstacles is reward enough". You didn't overcome anything. If you live your life avoiding something, you haven't defeated it. You just spent years hiding in the bushes while big scary monsters roamed the surrounding lawns. if that analogy isn't realistic enough, here's another. You and your girl just split: if you're still talking about it two months later, about you you were always out of her league, and she would've made you miserable anyway, people aren't gonna think your over her, cuz, you're probably not

That's why learning to use RESPONSIBLY is such a major step, and the most difficult and important one. Rehabilitating is the process of learning to functionally exist in a world where 90% of people are responsible users. This reintegration marks completion of recovery. I'm sorry if I'm getting too personal for anyone btw, I just feel very strongly about this whole topic

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:58 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I read the criticisms of Hamilton on these posts and think to myself, "Man, people really don't get it unless they have experienced it first hand".

If you're on this thread and have experience with this let me apologize for all the douche's on here.  AND if you're one of the douche's I speak of, get a clue, grow up and understand as much as you think you know......  You really don't know jack.  Open your (mind, eyes, ears) and listen to what those that know are trying to communicate here.  Learn something rather than trying to tell the rest of us how much you THINK you know.

From one Hamilton to another........  God Bless and I hope you get back on the field soon so my beloved Twins can enjoy full TEAM CRUSHING VICTORIES! 

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:57 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Government has one legimate function which is to restrain evil. The military, police, the Food and Drug Administration, Air Traffic Controlers (prevent evil of airplane crashes) et. al. protect the welfare and safety of the citizens. The go
vernmental agencies that restrain evil for the most part do an excellent job. The governmental agencies that do other things for the most part waste money.
Society has one main function which is to foster good. Organizations like the Red Cross, churches, the nuclear family, schools, et. al. for the most part do a good job of fostering good. 
The point here is that both government by fighting illegal drugs and alcohol manufacturing and sales is doing its part to help Josh Hamilton. His family and church is trying to do its part to foster goodness in Josh. Now it is Josh's turn to make a choice. The same free will we all have. Hope you make the right choice Josh! God Bless!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:56 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Sad to se him have a relapse.  I am a Phillies fan, but from watching Texas in the Wrold Series a few years ago I enjoyed watching Josh Hamiliton and his recovery story. It was also very nice that his team mates had non-alcoholic champange in the clubhouse for celebration purposes so that he would not be tempted to drink again.  I wish him the best and hopefully he can turn it around again and continue his success story.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:55 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

Really how is this news.  Who cares he is a grown man leave him alone, he is old enough to understand the consequences of his actions.  If he wants to drink let him, if he kills his career thats on him.   I am sure he will be under a bridge in 10 years broke looking for a warm place to sleep anyway

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:52 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I'm sure this is being reported because the various news outlets are trying to help Josh Hamilton get back onto the straight and narrow path.

I hope he is able to prevail over this latest setback.  I have a cousin who has addiction problems.  It's a constant battle for them.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:46 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

It's not society's responsibility to take care of people who choose to harm themselves?  Then why is heroin illegal?

I suppose there are those who would debate why heroin is illegal and most of them would say it's some kind of government conspiracy. But dope is dope and since it is illegal then ... well, it is.

But it do believe it is society's (and the government's) responsibility to protect people who would BE harmed by people who are committing illegal acts.

Truth is, we can't protect everyone and the issue with Hamilton is that he has taken the personal step to protect HIMSELF. The fact that he admits to having failed is perhaps to his credit.

But comparing this to pedophilia or other forms of abuse kind of, sort of, depends on who is going to be the victim. It isn't always easy to see who that is. It is often more than just the abuser. There's a whole world of people the abuser touches in life. All of them are affected.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:33 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

OK.  Obviously most of you are not drug addicts/alcohiolics and do not understand the significance of a relapse, or, you have not accepted/admitted the fact that you are an alcoholic/addict and are in some serious denial.

I have been in recovery for 27 + years.  I have seen many people think they can have "just one drink/hit/toke/etc" and die.  PERIOD!  Anyone in recovery knows this horrible fact.  So, for those of you who can have just one of anything, that is wonderful and I wish I was like you.  But for those of us who having "just one" is/can be fatal, well don't be so harsh to judge others.  If you knew your allergy to penicyllin would/could kill you, would you not tell your Dr. so he/she doesn not prescribe it to you?  If you were lactose intolerant, would you not find a milk alternative?  If you were told you had beginning stages of emphysema and if you stopped smoking right now you would be ok, would you not do it?  If you were told you had a fatal disease, would you not do everything in your power to find a cure or at least hope for some type of daily reprieve so you could live another day?  Addiction is the same thing, only once we start using, we cannot stop.  There is no such thing as "moderation" for an addict.    

This is guy who did not just drink.  He shot heroin on a daily basis.  He ruined his life (never mind his career) once already.  So before you spew your judgements or opinions about if you can have just one, why can't he, educate yourself.  How about walking a mile in his shoes? 

After all of that, Josh should have kept his anonymity.  This way his every move/relapse would not be publicized all over the world.  Addicts are natually attention seekers and this is just one way for him to get attention.        

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:31 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

I wish Hammy well. I will never forget the show he put on at Yankee Stadium in the Home Run Derby.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:20 am

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

One day at a time Josh. Alcohol is a tough one.

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