Lots of jobs, apartments, cars, relationships and reality are all the things Robert “Rob” Hammond had within his grasp and took for granted, all the while in complete denial that he had a drinking problem. Hammond admits his problems started way before he starting drinking—the lack of taking responsibility was his human fault. When he was ten, he and some friends masterminded the theft of a six-pack of beer while attending a church lock-in. The truth eventually came out, but he recalls shifting the blame when they all realized they were in trouble. Non-acceptance of responsibility with his growing taste for alcohol put him on a path of self-destruction.
Hammond did not hold back as he took a roomful of people—friends, co-workers and strangers on a journey through his life. Hammond, a native of the Northern Neck, spoke at the VFW Post 7167 Wednesdy, April 26. Despite the seriousness of the topic, Hammond added humor at the right moment; his cool, laid back approach kept the audience engaged, on the edge of their seats and at times wiping tears.