During a recent press conference, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson said that he is “on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.”
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“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven,” said the 47-year-old Tyson. “I’m negative, and I’m dark,” Tyson added, “and I want to do bad stuff.”
Tyson that that he went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to discuss his temptation to use drugs and alcohol. The former boxer vowed not to use drugs or alcohol going forward.
“Even though I possessed incredible discipline when it came to boxing, I didn’t have the tools to stop my slide into addiction,” admitted Tyson. “When I got a chance to get high — boom, I’d get high. I wouldn’t call my sponsor, wouldn’t call my therapist, wouldn’t call my sober companions.
Now, in order to kick it, I had to replace the cravings for drugs or alcohol with a craving to be a better person.
I’ve learned that being sober is more than just avoiding drugs or alcohol. It’s a lifestyle focused on making moral choices and elevating the things that make life worth living to the forefront. Don’t get me wrong. If I craved drugs or alcohol, I’d still give in. I could never fight those cravings. But when I am focused on doing good and being good, and practice the day-to-day mechanics of a sober, healthy life, I don’t get those urges to do bad things to myself.”
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