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Letter to Oscar De La Hoya

Dear Oscar,

I’m sorry to learn you’re back in rehab but glad you went.  Most alcoholics never submit to inpatient treatment.  I never did but should have during three decades of excess.  I’ve read enough about you to conclude you probably didn’t drink and use daily.  Neither did I, and that’s how I so long justified it: I only do it on weekends.  Right, people said, you’re wacked out two days and then need two more to recover.

Now I’m approaching sixteen years of sobriety, a feat no one imagined, so I’d like to offer some things I learned.  Alcoholics are usually nervous people and often depressed.  If the latter is true, daily prayers to a higher power will not be enough to sustain sobriety.  I’m not suggesting you run and get a psychiatrist, if you haven’t already, but I am guaranteeing that a large slice of alcoholics are undermined by brains that are naturally hyper and anxious, and people in pain will seek medication.  Look at history.  Glance around your AA meetings: how many people have ten or more years sobriety, and how many have less than thirty days?  Those answers won’t be encouraging.  At least you have a better chance than poor alcoholics, who likely won’t have the opportunity to undergo rehab or consult experts in psychopharmacology.  

Letter to Oscar De La Hoya

Dear Oscar,

I’m sorry to learn you’re back in rehab but glad you went.  Most alcoholics never submit to inpatient treatment.  I never did but should have during three decades of excess.  I’ve read enough about you to conclude you probably didn’t drink and use daily.  Neither did I, and that’s how I so long justified it: I only do it on weekends.  Right, people said, you’re wacked out two days and then need two more to recover.

Now I’m approaching sixteen years of sobriety, a feat no one imagined, so I’d like to offer some things I learned.  Alcoholics are usually nervous people and often depressed.  If the latter is true, daily prayers to a higher power will not be enough to sustain sobriety.  I’m not suggesting you run and get a psychiatrist, if you haven’t already, but I am guaranteeing that a large slice of alcoholics are undermined by brains that are naturally hyper and anxious, and people in pain will seek medication.  Look at history.  Glance around your AA meetings: how many people have ten or more years sobriety, and how many have less than thirty days?  Those answers won’t be encouraging.  At least you have a better chance than poor alcoholics, who likely won’t have the opportunity to undergo rehab or consult experts in psychopharmacology.  

Video: “The One” Undercard Media Conference Call Transcript & Garcia vs. Matthysse

Kelly Swanson
Thanks everybody for joining us today for “THE ONE” media conference call with the pay-per-view undercard fighters. At this point, I’m going to turn it right over to our hosts of the call; that’s both Oscar De La Hoya and Leonard Ellerbe; Oscar is President of Golden Boy Promotions and Leonard Ellerbe is CEO of Mayweather Promotions.  So I’m going to turn it over to Oscar, and then he will introduce Leonard.

Video: “The One” Undercard Media Conference Call Transcript & Garcia vs. Matthysse

Kelly Swanson
Thanks everybody for joining us today for “THE ONE” media conference call with the pay-per-view undercard fighters. At this point, I’m going to turn it right over to our hosts of the call; that’s both Oscar De La Hoya and Leonard Ellerbe; Oscar is President of Golden Boy Promotions and Leonard Ellerbe is CEO of Mayweather Promotions.  So I’m going to turn it over to Oscar, and then he will introduce Leonard.

Oscar De La Hoya Foundation’s to hold 13th Charity Event

For over a decade, the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation has positively affected the lives of those in the Southern California area, creating and maintaining a state of the art cancer center, a charter high school, a labor and delivery center and a neonatal intensive care unit.

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