It was a shocking development when, just before the New York Yankees were set to play in the AL Wild Card Game last fall, it was announced that CC Sabathia would be leaving his teammates to seek in-patient treatment for alcohol abuse.
“I think that was the biggest thing is that it’s not a secret anymore,” Sabathia said, via NJ.com. “I’m able to get help with different people. I think if people see my personality change or things changing, then they’ll be able to help me.”
It was reported at the time of his announcement that a weekend-long bender in Baltimore during the Yankees’ final road trip of the regular season forced Sabathia to finally realize he needed help.
Shortly after his announcement, Sabatahia was spotted at Silver Hill Hospital, a costly and celebrity-friendly rehab facility in New Canaan, Connecticut, something that indicated he had quickly embarked upon his road to recovery.
Sabathia said that he fully recognizes he is in the “early stages” of his recovery and that he has a sponsor he checks in with regularly and will continue to do so during the baseball season.
Still, the pitcher understands all too well that he has a long road ahead of him if he intends to maintain his sobriety.
“I’m always going to be recovering,” he said. “But I have the support of my family, my organization, my team, friends, so I feel pretty good about where I’m at.”