Texas Rangers star athlete Josh Hamilton opens up about relapse on GBTV

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Glenn Beck Program” on GBTV, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton opened up about his most recent relapse to Dr. James Robison who was filling in for Glenn. Hamilton discussed his personal demons, struggles, and faith on the show in his first one-on-one interview since the incident.

About two weeks ago, Hamilton had an alcohol related relapse while in Dallas, TX. While the interview with Robison did not discuss specifics of the relapse, he did say that he was already looking to take steps to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

“This time it’s not just, ‘OK, it happened, we’ll move past it and maybe it won’t happen again,'” Hamilton told Robison.

“We’re taking this as a serious issue,” he emphasized.

Hamilton said that he and his family are looking at why he relapsed and what the trigger is that has caused him to slip for a second time. He is looking at his home life, events from his past, his childhood and more to see why this happened. Hamilton had previously relapsed in 2009.

“It’s going to be a process,” Hamilton said. “I’m not fixed. I’m doing things right a day at a time. I want people to know that I love them and to keep praying for me.”

Hamilton stressed the importance of faith and loved ones in getting through this difficult time with his family. He said that Robison, Hamilton’s pastor, had spent time with he and his wife and did not pass judgment for his actions, but rather offered love and support.

“I do have an accountability partner,” Hamilton added. “I was watching a special on Billy Graham and he always had at least one person with him, most times it was four or five. They’re 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.”

“I’m not afraid of my mistakes. I do feel shame about my mistakes but I can get past that,” Hamilton said. “But at the same time I learn from my mistakes. I’m learning from my mistakes.”

Robison thanked Hamilton for coming on to the show to discuss his struggle and how his faith and the love of fans and the community was helping him recover from his mistakes. Robison ended the interview with a prayer.

  • Anonymous

    God bless Pastor Robison…wonderful interview…thank you GBTV!

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  • Anonymous

    Blessed are the poor in spirit…

    Being a Christian is not about being perfect. It is admitting you aren’t perfect and declared righteous because of trust in Jesus alone.

    As Spurgeon said, dead men don’t struggle with their sin and their darkness. It’s in the struggling that we know that there is some life.

    God bless Mr. Hamilton and all of us who struggle as we pass through this life. May we seek Him for forgiveness.

  • General Kota

    You have my prayers sir.

  • http://twitter.com/PhatDaddyG Gary Davis

    Please pardon my pedantry, but what is it with the incorrect use of the the proper pronoun after the word ‘with’? I hear and see “between he and I” everywhere. And now I see the same nonsense on a site I respect, viz., … Hamilton’s pastor, had spent time with he and his wife;
    It’s become an epidemic, I tells ya!  

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  • Anonymous

    Hamilton is a good guy.  Hope he recovers well from his relapse. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSEM6HSVKSJOLTKDFIZN27XAZE Stephen

    Drop all the psychobabble (triggers, accountability partner) Drop the psychiatrists and go to lots of AA meetings and work the steps Didn’t  see him mention that. It’s the only thing that works!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4IFEATRHHKAVV57W7WRIA7QEXQ Jean

    What a powerful interview, all of us who have stumbled and fell can take heart from the message it gives. We are not perfect, but we are forgiven. Jesus didn’t die for perfect people, he died for we sinners. Thank you Josh for sharing your journey with us. May God continue to bless as you cling to Him. 

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