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Gooden: Nearly 3 years of sobriety

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Dwight Gooden says he is approaching three years of sobriety.

In a feature in the Tampa Bay Times, Dwight Gooden says he is approaching the three-year anniversary of sobriety.

"I'm proud of that," Gooden told author Marc Topkin. "Unfortunately it took a while, a long time. A lot of beat downs. A lot of embarrassment. A lot of sad days. A lot of hurt — to my family, friends, fans, everybody — to get to the point I am now."

Writes Topkin:

He says he not only goes regularly to AA/NA meetings and therapy sessions, but knows he has to accept it as part of his life. He spends as much time as he can trying to make up for what he missed with his seven kids, who range in age from 27 to 3 and are scattered among New York, Maryland and Tampa. (He also has three grandkids, the oldest of whom is 10.)

"I enjoy every day," Gooden said. "Even the simplest things bring joy. There's a lot of laughter these days."