Yankee’s pitcher CC Sabathia recently opened up about seeking treatment at an alcohol rehab center in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.
The interview Friday broke his silence to the media since his announcement Oct. 5 of seeking treatment. He confessed that it was the first time he checked into rehab since realizing his alcohol abuse problem three years ago.
“I was kind of battling it without any help,” he said to ABC’s Robin Roberts. “I would go a couple, you know, two, three months at a time sober, and then I would just relapse, and, go on these weekends when I thought nobody was paying attention, and I would get in a hotel room and drink out of the minibar, pretty much everything.”
Sabathia made the decision during the last weekend of the season, where he stayed in his room and drank. He said he woke up that Sunday and realized that he needed help, even though he knew fans would be upset about the timing.
“You know it’s a disease,” he said in the interview. “And like we said, if it was my knee or if it was anything else, then people wouldn’t have a problem with it … It being alcoholism, it was tough for people to swallow. But it’s the same thing.”
Sabathia said he never drank before any of his games and added: “It’s such a relief that everybody knows now. It is what it is. I can start the healing process and take stuff forward to get myself better.”
Sabathia said he is still in the recovery process. He says he’s looking forward to being a role model and staying sober.
“I’m just here to say that this disease has no color, no age … It’s very serious,” he said. “I advise anybody that if they’re out there feeling like they need to get help, to go and get it.”
See the full interview with CC Sabathia on Good Morning America here.