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Oscar De La Hoya, Former Boxing Champion, Seems to Have Met His Match In Cocaine and Alcohol Addiction

Oscar De La Hoya, former boxing champion, finally admitted defeat to his alcoholism and has checked himself into a rehab center. The rehab center where his last match will be held. The place where he will fight his most formiddable foe yet, the disease of alcoholism and addiction.

”Rock bottom was recently,” Oscar De La Hoya said in an interview that aired Tuesday on the Spanish-language network Univision, according to an English-language transcript provided by the network. ”Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength; I don’t have the courage to take my own life. But I was thinking about it.”

Oscar De La Hoya’s boxing career was defined by success with a final record of 39-6 before he retired. He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992. He transcended cultures between latino and whites with being bilingual. Oscar De La Hoya also proved that you didn’t have to be in a heavyweight boxing ring to make it big. He is probably one of the most well-known boxers in history now.

Through all of it though, few knew he was battling with alcoholism and losing. Oscar De La Hoya checked himself into a California rehab center for his addiction to cocaine and alcohol. His story is very similar to those with a drug alcohol addiction. Oscar De La Hoya admits that due to his alcoholism and addicton there were infidelities to his wife. They were seperated for some time. The way Oscar De La Hoya describes his drug and alcohol addiction sounds all too familiar to those of us with alcoholism. The stories of being around friends who stop while you sit and continue to drink. Passing out in the back of cars to wake up and find yourself wishing you were dead. Calling our disease a monster. Oscar De La Hoya is fighting his biggest monster yet and it seems he is aware of his opponents technique.

Oscar De La Hoya since checking himself into drug rehab and joining Alcoholics Anonymous says he is three months sober. Part of beating alcoholism is knowing exactly how fatal, chronic, and progressive alcoholism is. Oscar De La Hoya in rehab will hopefully learn the full extent of his next opponent in the big boxing ring of life. He has succeeded this far and to see him not only have a winning 16 year career as boxer but recover from alcoholism will be a magnificent thing for the sports world to watch.

For those of us with the disease of alcoholism its always a great reminder that this disease can affect anyone, when someone comes out and voices whats truly been going on with them.

“There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last two years, last 2½ years and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” Oscar De La Hoya said. “It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me…”

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