Lisa Greenwood’s crippling addiction battle

From harmless drunkenness to devastating mayhem, Lisa Greenberg knows how easy it is to fall into the clutches of alcohol addiction.

The wife of Todd Greenberg, one of Australia’s best-known sports magnates, nearly died when he took up his life drinking.

Now it wants to be a cautionary tale about its dangers.

«It’s such a powerful disease that I can’t see anything beyond the next drink, because without it I was nothing,» said Lisa. 60 minutes.

Lisa Greenberg, wife of Todd Greenberg, one of Australia's most famous sports bosses, nearly died when her drinking life took over. Now she wants to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of alcohol.
Lisa Greenberg, wife of Todd Greenberg, one of Australia’s most famous sports bosses, nearly died when her drinking life took over. Now she wants to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of alcohol. (Nine)

«Someone says you can’t drink anymore, I’d rather cut off my legs. Who says that?»

But for the past four and a half years, Lisa has been winning her battle against a disease that nearly destroyed her.

And he is not alone in this struggle. Lisa is part of the largest growing group of problem drinkers.

One in five women aged 45 to 60 drinks to dangerous levels, more than any other age group.

Lisa Greenberg was part of the largest growing group of our problem drinkers.
Lisa Greenberg was part of the largest growing group of problem drinkers. (Nine)

For Lisa, it was a life full of lies.

«I’m lying to my family. Looking into his eyes, he said, ‘Please don’t drink again’, ‘I won’t drink’.

«But you know, I was really serious. I would wake up in the morning and say, ‘I’m not going to drink today.’ And I was serious with every ounce of my energy.

«And I was driving to a bottle shop at noon.»

Things changed for 53-year-old Lisa in 2016 when her husband, Todd, landed the NRL’s top job and closed his personal training business to support her.

«One thing I loved was empowering women through fitness, and I stopped that too,» she said.

Lisa Greenberg, wife of Todd Greenberg, one of Australia's most famous sports bosses, nearly died when her drinking life took over. Now she wants to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of alcohol.
Things changed for 53-year-old Lisa in 2016 when her husband, Todd, landed the NRL’s top job and closed his personal training business to support her. (Nine)

«So combine that with Todd’s big job, the kids don’t need me, it’s keeping me from being a sports fan for 20 years… and what was probably already declining just got bigger.

«And as self-esteem plummeted, drinking increased to combat it, and it was a disaster.»

Todd said the situation went from «good» to «not good» very quickly.

«One thing I’ve learned is that Lisa is very good at hiding these things in full-blown addiction. So you know there are a lot of things I haven’t happily seen,» she said.

«But what stood out was that Lisa wasn’t Lisa. She was a completely different person.»

Christmas 2017 marked a turning point when Lisa said her drinking problem was understood by her extended family.

Lisa Greenberg was part of the largest growing group of our problem drinkers.
Things changed for 53-year-old Lisa in 2016 when her husband, Todd, landed the NRL’s top job and closed his personal training business to support her. (Nine)

But she hit rock bottom when Todd and her two kids dumped her, demanding help.

«I think they saved my life,» said Lisa.

«It was a tough decision. Todd didn’t know if he would ever see me alive again.»

And it worked. Lisa signed up for a rehab center, and a month later her family came home.

Now she shares her story in hopes of inspiring others in trouble to make a change for the better.

«I never disparage alcohol. If you can drink it, great,» said Lisa.

«And women who call me and say, ‘I think I’m losing control’ and ‘what should I do.’ I just say, so why don’t you take a break?

«Look how you go. If you’re feeling white and need that to get through life, then there might be a problem. And if there is a problem, there’s an incredibly sober community out there. And you’re not alone. You’re not alone.»

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