Mike Tyson: I'm an Addict on 'Pathway to Humility'
Boxing champ writes of his demons in op-ed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Mike Tyson in July 2013.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Mike Tyson takes to the pages of the New York Times today to reflect on his years as a "full-on raging addict," his continuing struggle to stay sober, and his hope that he's finally kicked his bad habits for good with this insight: "I had to replace the cravings for drugs or alcohol with a craving to be a better person." He admits that he slipped as recently as last August even as things were going great—his book manuscript finished, his one-man show soon to air on HBO, and his reality series "in the can" for Fox Sports. Turns out, it was too much success for someone with such a "negative self-image."

Unlike in the past, however, Tyson says he pulled himself out of it after just a few days. "I’ve learned that being sober is more than just avoiding drugs or alcohol," he writes. "It's a lifestyle focused on making moral choices and elevating the things that make life worth living to the forefront." Right now, that means his wife and kids. "This is the best I’ve ever felt," writes the 47-year-old. "I’m on the pathway to humility, fully aware that you can’t rule until you’ve served." Click for Tyson's full column.

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Jan 4, 2014 7:59 PM CST
I remember him knocking most guys out in the first 30 seconds, or at least in the first round. He was a animal.
Jan 4, 2014 6:01 PM CST
I watched his special on HBO and I was thinking about this mans life, then I thought, " this guy is a wild success" He's won in life. He's beaten every odd imaginable. He's far from perfect, but he should be dead when you look at where he came from. Instead, he has a nice home, he's in good shape, he has a supportive wife, and children with ivy league/ private school educations. Talk about falling into shit and coming out smelling like roses. If he died tomorrow, he's had a great life relative to the odds he faced growing up.
Jan 4, 2014 2:39 PM CST
That's encouraging Mike. You have a lot to be humble about.