Zip Code:
Provider Type:
          PLAYING Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’

          Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’


          May 25, 2016

          Andrea says the first time she realized the love of her life, Richie, might have a problem with alcohol was the night before their wedding.

          “I realized alcohol was a big problem for Richie at our rehearsal dinner,” Andrea says. “He drank so much, he mooned my mother.”

          “My husband has told me alcohol is his best friend,” she adds.

          WATCH: Daughter Of Ex-Major League Baseball Player: ‘I Hate My Drunk Dad’

          Richie, who was an all-star college pitcher and played seven seasons in the major leagues, insists he doesn’t have a drinking problem, and instead says he’s struggling with depression – a battle that started when injuries forced him to retire from baseball.

          “Ever since I retired from baseball, it’s like, ‘Who am I?’” he admits. “I’m physically alive, but my spirit inside just died.”

          But Andrea and her three kids claim it’s Richie’s excessive drinking that is taking a serious toll on their family.

          WATCH: Retired Baseball Star Richie Lewis Responds To Family’s Claim He Has A Drinking Problem

          “Richie has abused everyone in our family at some point,” she alleges. “In the last 22 years, our family has not had positive memories with Richie.”

          Despite a serious medical condition, Andrea says her husband still won’t stop drinking.

          WATCH: Deion Sanders Offers Support To Former Teammate Struggling With Alcohol, Depression

          “He was hospitalized for pancreatitis – pancreatitis is life-threatening. And even faced with that, he still continues to drink,” she claims.

          Andrea has stayed by her husband’s side, she says, because she hoped once they had a family, Richie would “grow out of that behavior.” But now, she says the drinking hasn’t stopped and she turns to Dr. Phil for help.

          WATCH: Dr. Phil On Being Raised By An Alcoholic Father

          “I have had to completely detach emotionally from him because my heart breaks every day looking at him,” she says. “The kids and I are spectators of this tragic scenario.”

          This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Watch more here.

          Be on the Show

          Need Dr. Phil’s Help?

          Share your story for a chance to be on the show!

          Tell Us Your Story

          Be on the Show! Text “PHIL” to 88500
          Be on the Show

          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

          Be on the Show

          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

          Be on the Show

          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

          Be on the Show

          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

          Be on the Show

          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

          Help & Resources

          Find Treatment Centers and Therapists!

          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

          Feeding America

          Learn how you can help feed a child this summer.

          Be on the Show

          Have a Story Dr. Phil Won’t Believe?

          Want to appear on Dr. Phil? Text PHIL to 88500

          Simple Share Buttons
          Simple Share Buttons