(VIDEO) Mike Tyson admits he’s still struggling with addiction, “I’m on the verge of dying”

Mike Tyson is the ultimate redemption story. He rise from a troubled childhood to become the most popular and arguably the most powerful heavyweight champion to enter into the boxing ring only to fall and rise again is a true testament to the power of human will. Mike Tyson has appeared in movies, is touring in his one-man show and has now become a boxing promoter. Even with all these successes he says he's still battling demons from his past, particularly drugs and alcohol. Watch:

“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.   I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
Wow! That's an amazing confession. It is heartfelt and sadly truthful. While I don't understand the pull of addiction, I can empathize with his desire to be a better person and live a better life. Mike Tyson is tough, but addiction may be tougher--at least for now. In the meantime, it seems he has employed the right strategy to win this match: taking it one day at a time. What do you think? Your Jersey Girlfriend, ~Angela Davis

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