The Horschels’ battle with alcoholism

The Horschels’ battle with alcoholism


NOW, WE’RE CONTINUING WITH GOLF BECAUSE IT WAS ROUGHLY A MONTH AGO THAT THE WIFE OF GOLFER BILLY HORSCHEL REVEALED THAT SHE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HOW THAT HAD AFFECTED HER LIFE, HER MARRIAGE AND HER HUSBAND’S CAREER. IT WAS A REVELATION THAT STUNNED THE GOLFING WORLD AND SHED LIGHT ON SOME OF THE STRUGGLES THE WIVES OF GOLFERS GO THROUGH WHEN THE HUSBANDS ARE SO OFTEN AWAY ON THE ROAD. WELL, EARLIER I HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THE COUPLE. AND BRITNEY BEGAN BY TELLING ME THAT SHE WASN’T THE ONLY TOUR WIFE STRUGGLING WITH ALCOHOLISM.>>YES, I’M STRUGGLING, AND, YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYBODY IS COMFORTABLE GOING PUBLIC. SO I HOPE THAT SINCE I CAN THAT I AT LEAST BRING THEM SOME COMFORT KNOWING THAT THERE’S SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE THAT’S STRUGGLING AS WELL.>>BILLY, HOW PROUD ARE YOU OF BRITTANY FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO SPEAK OUT ON THIS ISSUE?>>I MEAN, IT’S — I THINK THE WORLD OF HER. SHE IS MY WIFE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE THAT DEAL WITH ANY KIND OF ADDICTION, YOU KNOW, THEY KEEP IT SECRETIVE BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THERE’S IS STIGMA THAT, YOU KNOW, WITH A DISEASE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULDN’T TALK ABOUT IT. JUST GOES BACK TO THE HISTORY OF IT. BUT NOW I THINK WE’RE IN A NEW ERA, NEW GENERATION WHERE IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S OKAY TO SHARE YOUR STORY. AND OBVIOUSLY WE FEEL COMFORTABLE SHARING IT PUBLICLY. OTHER PEOPLE JUST SHARE IT WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND CLOSE FAMILY, BUT WE WANT TO SHARE IT PUBLICLY BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE OUR STORY CAN HELP A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE EITHER RECOVERING OR IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING HELP. >>BRITTANY, HOW DIFFICULT CAN IT BE, YOU KNOW, WE OFTEN SEE — OBVIOUSLY WE SEE THE PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS DAY IN AND DAY OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE PLAYING ON THE PGA TOUR, BUT BEHIND THE SCENES HOW DIFFICULT CAN IT BE FOR THE WIVES OF PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS WHO DON’T OFTEN GET TO SEE THEIR HUSBANDS WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE AWAY SO OFTEN?>>YEAH, I MEAN, THAT WAS A BIG FACTOR IN MY DRINKING WAS, YOU KNOW, BEING ALONE RAISING A KID. I GOT, YOU KNOW, EASILY OVERWHELMED. AND, YOU KNOW, WITH BILLY BEING GONE, IT PUT A LOT MORE DAILY PRESSURES ON MYSELF. AND EVEN WHEN I WAS TRAVELING, THEY WERE REALLY LONG DAYS ALONE WITH AN INFANT IN A HOTEL ROOM. IT JUST DID — IT’S NOT AS GLAMOROUS AS A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THE LIFE OUT ON TOUR. THERE’S A LOT OF LONELY DAYS. AND IT CAN BE A STRUGGLE. >>AND, BILLY, NOW THAT YOU NO LONGER HOLD THIS SECRET WITHIN YOU, DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO GIVE YOU A NEW LEASE OF LIFE NOT JUST WITH YOUR FAMILY BUT ON THE GOLF COURSE AS WELL? DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT SEE YOU GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AFTER GOING FOR THREE YEARS FOR SO LONG WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO WIN ON THE GOLF COURSE?>>YEAH, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT’S GOING TO HELP A LOT. OBVIOUSLY IT’S SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH FOR FOUR YEARS BEFORE BRITTANY GOT SOBER. I DO A REALLY GOOD JOB NOW ON THE GOLF COURSE NOT ALLOWING STUFF OFF THE GOLF COURSE TO AFFECT ME, BUT AT TIMES IT WAS STILL A STRUGGLE. W SO NOW, YOU KNOW, HOME LIFE IS EVEN MORE JOYFUL WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS A COUPLE BEING CLOSER TOGETHER THAN IT COULD EVER BE. IT’S BEEN THE GREATEST YEAR OF I THINK OUR ENTIRE RELATIONSHIP WHETHER IT’S BEEN MARRIAGE OR JUST DATING. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, HAVING TWO BEAUTIFUL GIRLS AT HOME NOW, I ENJOY LIFE EVEN MANUFORE AT HOM. OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO MAKE CHANGES MYSELF TO IMPROVE, YOU

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