|Josh Hamilton, neither|
'good' nor 'bad" but possible
'ugly' of addiction.
The "trigger" for the relapse, reportedly, was a fight between the two.
Chicken or egg? Were they at the point of breakup before his binge a a Super Bowl party, and he decided to try to medicate his sorrows? Or, did he just lose control, and the divorce filing followed? That said, Katie claims she was "blindsided" by his filing. That, in turn leads to ...
At the same time, I sure hope Josh knows what he's doing. Per that story link, it was him, not her, that filed for the divorce.
It seems clearer than ever he needs team support, and not owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto trying to kick him under the bus, since an arbitrator has ruled Hamilton did not break league drug policy. Teammate C.J. Wilson, who joined the Angels as a free agent a year before Hamilton, and is also the team's union rep, knows that. And, without antagonizing the higher ups, manager Mike Scioscia also does, as he said last week:
It’s a unique situation,” Scioscia said. “As an organization, first and foremost, we want to make sure Josh is getting the help and support he needs. That’s important for Josh to get back to where he needs to be and getting on the field and playing baseball. Things are open-ended, and there’s a natural frustration I think that goes with uncertainty, and that’s kind of what we’re dealing with.”
That's even truer because the explicitly religious restructuring of Hamilton's life, going beyond the12-step movement's injections of god to overcome an alleged "powerlessness" that addicts supposedly (but not actually) are inflicted with, is connected with his current father-in-law. So, if he's choosing to "bail" on that, I sure hope he finds some alternatives for support and structure. On the other hand, per the language of the filing, he may have gotten tired of this.
“The marriage has become insupportable because of the discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation,”
“God told me he was going to give Josh baseball back, but it wasn’t going to be for baseball,” Katie Hamilton said in a public talk in 2005. “It was going to be for something much bigger. He was going to give Josh a platform to help others. It’s not by accident that all the things that have happened in our lives have happened.”
So, Katie, God told Josh to relapse so that he would have a bigger platform?
Uhh, you need to read your own bible:
Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6:1-2)
There are secular — non-religious but NOT anti-religious — options out there. I recommend one called Lifering Secular Recovery.
As for Hamilton? Besides sobriety itself, he may need to find a balance point, getting support, structure, and perhaps another family in the future, but without being "smothered."