January 27, 2015

Detroit Lions president discusses his battle with alcoholism

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand recently spoke at his church, discussing his battle with alcoholism and his life in recovery.

Lewand talked about the night in 2010 when he was arrested for drunk driving, calling it “simultaneously one of the worst and one of the best nights of my life.”

Although friends and family had confronted him about his drinking before, Lewand did not get serious about recovery until that night.

He says that in the four years since that time, he has had ups and downs in recovery, but that his faith has helped him maintain sobriety.

“I'd like to tell you that everything since that day has been sunshine and roses in the last four-and-a-half years,” Lewand said. “It hasn't been. It's easy to get complacent because while alcohol may not be a part of my life anymore, teenagers still are. My marriage still is. Stress at work, referees who pick up flags, all of those things.”

Read more of Lewand’s story at espn.com


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