Josh Hamilton is trying to stop dipping

I once had smoked those nasty cigarettes for 40 years. I look back to that and wonder what in the world was I thinking?

The smell, the cost, the health risks, just incredible I did that for that long. It finally took a heart attack for me to realize that hey, smoking ain’t that great for me. I was fortunate I could just kick those smokes aside. It was either that or die.

Now come Josh Hamilton. He’s trying to give up a little different addiction: smokeless tobacco, or as we like to call it here in Texas, worm dirt.

Josh Hamilton made a decision early Wednesday morning before he arrived at Tropicana Field. He is trying to quit using smokeless tobacco.

“Today is the first day,” Hamilton said before the Rangers’ series finale with the Rays. “The Holy Spirit … I kept waking up last night thinking about different things and what might be causing me to stumble in my relationship with the Lord. I felt like chewing tobacco was one. So I got up this morning and threw it all away. So when it is time to take a dip, I pray instead.”

From Hardball Talk :

And you think it shouldn’t be too tough for him given that the dude kicked coke, heroin and booze. But I’ve spoken to a couple of addicts before, each of whom said it was actually harder for them to stop smoking. Their explanation: drugs wreck your body so quickly and can bring you so close to death that — despite how addictive drugs can be — the crappy risk/reward ratio of doing them becomes clear way more quickly than smoking’s does. For the former, there is some fairly immediate “oh crap, I’m gonna die” moment.  For the latter it’s a physical and psychological addiction paired with the mere intellectual realization that, yes, in some years this will kill them.

Good luck Josh!!

 

Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip (NBC Hardball Talk)

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