Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/12

Josh Hamilton is dealing with an addiction issue, but it's not what most people will think.

CBSSports.com reported Friday that Hamilton's "personal issue" is not injury related, but rather he's struggling in his most recent failed attempt to quit chewing tobacco.

Hamilton was 2-for-6 with four RBIs in Thursday's game, the latest sign he's coming out of a slump that lasted the month of July. He's batting .283 with 29 home runs and 84 RBIs entering Friday's series opener against the Royals despite a .177 batting average in July.

"It's out there that my marriage is falling apart and people are trying to figure out what's going on, but it's nobody's business. When I want you to know, I'll let you know," Hamilton said Thursday night.

Hamilton indicated on Thursday that he'd like to bring the issue to light.

"The frustrating part is dealing with (the media) and not being able to share everything with you guys," Hamilton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "When the time is right, you guys will be right in the loop.

"I've been shown a lot of things over the past week. There's disobedience and there's obedience to God. I've been being disobedient. It may be a small thing to you, but it's a big thing to him. There's consequences. It's like a father and a kid. There are disciplines. You guys can chew on that and think about it."

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