FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It was his amazing comeback from addiction to drugs and alcohol that has endeared millions of fans to slugger Josh Hamilton.
And a relapse with the same struggle continues to remind fans that Hamilton is more than a baseball god, but a mortal with addictions and struggles and family problems just like everybody else.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Hamilton apologized to those he feels he let down.
“For everybody who I have hurt, for everybody, fans, kids, people who have addictions who look up to me, I apologize,” Hamilton said. He addressed the throng of reporters with no script and said he was speaking from his heart.
The subject of addiction is a difficult one to broach, especially with children.
For Dallas resident Robin Bagwell, who went through recovery with two children, it was best to best honest about the process.
“I think anytime you have an addiction, it’s a disease and you talk to your kids, if you’re sick, you get help and if you had cancer you’d talk to an oncologist,” Bagwell said.
Addiction experts agree honesty is the best policy.
“You want to be honest but you want to give them as much information as is appropriate for their maturity level, you don’t want to give them too much information,” said Amara Durham, with the Caron Texas Treatment Center, an alcohol and drug rehab and recovery center.
Hamilton has made his battle with addiction very public, and every time he gets up fans relate. His relapse has made him more human in the eyes of adoring fans.
“The thing we have to remember is that he is human and as a human with a chronic illness, relapse will happen,” Durham said.
“He’s human. We all are and it’s a tough battle. I can’t imagine going through it in the public eye,” Bagwell said.
If you or a loved one needs help with an addiction, there are resources available: