When you combine his 6’7” dominating physique with his left arm that chucks a baseball with the heat and intensity of a flamethrower, CC Sabathia can be an intimidating presence. This fierce competitor with the heart of a champion made a public statement yesterday admitting he’s been beaten.
Sabathia will not be going on the injured reserve list, he will be going into a treatment program for alcohol rehabilitation. Sabathia said:
“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series . . . It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.”
Kudos to Sabathia for being honest with himself, so he can be truthful with others. He’s not alone in this battle. As many as 1 in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or an alcohol related problem.
If you find yourself in a situation similar to the one that CC Sabathia is facing, I encourage you to take three immediate steps:
- Resolve to make the necessary changes.
- Assess your peer group: Are they good friends who have your best interests at heart or are they just drinking buddies?
- It is highly unlikely that you can whip this on your own, so seek professional help.
For those who are on the outside looking in, I remind you of the words of Paul: “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).” When your friend or family member asks for help, be willing to listen and to encourage him and he takes the first steps towards sobriety.