Golden voiced Ted Williams appeared on “The Early Show” today to give his first TV interview following his decision to leave Monday from the Origins Recovery Center in South Texas. He was asked on The Early Show why he chose to leave rehab after only two weeks and against his doctor’s approval. Dr. Phil had sent Williams to rehab after he agreed to go for 90 days of treatment for his alcohol and drug addiction. Was Ted’s decision to leave a good one?
Homeless a little over a month ago, Ted’s instant fame came as the result of a reporter seeing him on the streets of Columbus, Ohio and posting a video of him on YouTube speaking with his “golden voice.” The video went viral with approximately twenty million hits. Going from homeless to a household name in such a short time would be hard to handle for a sober person, much less a person with an admitted addiction to alcohol and drugs. Was he destined to fail?
Why did Ted Williams leave rehab? He stated on The Early Show this morning that he made the decision in a hurry, saying it was too rushed. He said he really wasn’t ready to go into rehab at that time. Once he got to the facility he said he constantly received phone calls from the Dr. Phil Show asking how he was doing, when he should have been in the classes. He felt scripted and unable to focus totally on his rehab, so he decided to leave after two weeks of the ninety day time period he had agreed to. Of course he had every right to do this, but is it in his best interest? Speaking from my personal experience with an addict, I do not think he should have left. Time will inevitably tell if he can stay clean and sober without any professional help. Williams did express his respect of and gratitude to Dr. Phil
Ted stated he is now staying in a clean and sober living facility and has started a new foundation called “Second Chances” in Columbus Ohio for other homeless people just like him who need to be given a second chance. He did not give any further details about the foundation. He said he is also allowed to work doing voiceovers but has to be accountable and report in to the facility. When the interviewer asked him if some of his previous job offers are still on the table, he answered yes, and that most of them were available on the condition that he remains on the path to recovery.
Hopefully, Ted Williams can break free from his addictions and focus on giving himself a second chance. Anything is possible, but it really is all up to him now.
Freida Thomas: Personal viewing of “The Early Show” on CBS: aired on 2/9/2011