“Iron” Mike Tyson owned the boxing ring when he was a young boxer. He was the undisputed world heavyweight champion and he still has the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months.
Tyson was also the very first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles all at once, and the only heavyweight boxer to unify them all.
Now at the age of 54y, Mike Tyson is a changed man. More gentle, a much more happier husband and father. But it was a long hard road to get to after his long fight with depression (Mental Health). During a press conference, the former heavyweight said that he was on the verge of dying, because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs.”
“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven,” said Tyson back in early 2000s. “I’m negative, and I’m dark,” Tyson added, “and I want to do bad stuff.”
Mike went to an AAA meeting to discuss his use of drugs and alcohol, the former boxing great made a promise to himself not to use drugs or alcohol again.
Even though I possessed incredible discipline when it came to boxing, I didn’t have the discipline to stop my addictions, “When I got a chance to get high I’ would just get high. I wouldn't tell anyone, especially my straight friends Tyson said.
In order to kick my habits I needed to replace my cravings for drugs and alcohol with a craving to be a better person.
Being sober is more than just avoiding drugs or alcohol. It’s a lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong. If I craved drugs or alcohol, I’d could still give in. Its very hard to fight those cravings. But when I am determined to being a good person and practice the day to day rituals of being sober and living a healthy life, I don’t get those urges to do bad things.
In 2009, I promised myself I would get sober after the accidental death of my 4-year-old girl, Exodus.
…the pain was so bad that I went back onto drugs. Recovery was really difficult, but without the continued support of my family and friends, it would have been near impossible.
Success is dangerous for me. When people tell me, “You’re great” or “You’re a god,” I could feed into it and get high. If my life is so good, how could smoking a joint be so bad? How could a couple lines of coke be bad when everything else I’ve been doing is so great — especially when there are successful people feeding my ego and supplying me with drugs? So I’ve learned that when people congratulate me, that’s when I focus on my flaws. That way I don’t allow my narcissism to appear and allow me to think that I can misbehave without consequences.
I had such a negative self image that I just expected bad things to happen to me. And even though I hadn’t been using for five years, in all that time I just didn’t feel comfortable. I was holding secrets from my loved ones, things that I had to get off my chest because I felt like I was dying inside. That’s the worst feeling in the world, keeping things to yourself.
When I tackled those issues, through therapy and by talking honestly and openly with my family and friends, I felt like a new man. After years of therapy, I had learned not to beat myself up.
This is the best I have ever felt and i feel now I’m on the pathway to humility.
“I still hate myself a lot, but I try to be proud of myself. And I need to do that more often.