Wife of former NRL boss Todd Greenberg speaks out about alcohol addiction: Lisa Greenberg 60 Minutes

Ex-NRL boss Todd Greenberg’s wife has opened up about her heartbreaking battle with alcoholism, which hit a rock bottom when her family abandoned her.

Lisa Greenberg told 60 Minutes on Sunday she never had a problem before 2016 – but that all changed when her husband was appointed rugby league’s top administrator.

It was a time when the boutique fitness trainer was in her late 40s and was beginning to feel increasingly “irrelevant.”

“He has this amazing new job, I had quit my business to support him, I wasn’t as fit as I used to be, the kids didn’t need me anymore,” she said.

“People see that glamorous, perfect side of your life and I would absolutely embellish that.

“I had a very large and strong mask. Behind this mask I didn’t want to show that I was imploding. I kept the smile but I was dying inside.’

Lisa Greenberg said she hit rock bottom when her husband Todd (pictured together) and two grown children left her

Lisa Greenberg said she hit rock bottom when her husband Todd (pictured together) and two grown children left her

Lisa Greenberg said she hit rock bottom when her husband Todd (pictured together) and two grown children left her

The fitness consultant now coaches other women who are struggling with addiction problems

The fitness consultant now coaches other women who are struggling with addiction problems

The fitness consultant now coaches other women who are struggling with addiction problems

Mr Greenberg said his wife, who drank two bottles of wine each day by mid-afternoon, went from Lisa, who was fine, to having a serious problem “very quickly”.

“It’s such a strong disease. I couldn’t see anything except for the next drink. ‘Cause without her I’d be nothing,’ said Mrs Greenberg.

“If someone had given me the choice, ‘We could take your legs or you can’t drink anymore,’ I would have said ‘Take my legs’… Who says that?’

She’s been battling addiction for four and a half years now and finally feels like she’s in a place where she’s in control and moving on with her life.

But it’s a problem that’s as widespread as it’s often hidden.

Figures show that one in five women aged 45 to 60 drinks dangerously, more than any other demographic.

Lisa has spoken openly about her experiences with alcohol addiction in the past

Lisa has spoken openly about her experiences with alcohol addiction in the past

Lisa has spoken openly about her experiences with alcohol addiction in the past

“I would lie to my family. They said, “Please don’t have another drink,” and I looked them in the eye and said, “I’m not going to drink today,” she said.

“And I really meant it. I would wake up in the morning and say it with all my energy. But around noon I would drive to a bottle shop.

“There was this physical compulsion to get alcohol and I was drunk that afternoon.”

“Then I would be up early in the morning looking for containers to put the bottles in and wrapping them in newspaper to keep them from rattling.”

The fitness consultant, now 53, fell into self-loathing when Todd and her two children left her in 2018.

At this point, Lisa was devastated — curled up on the floor of her waterfront mansion, drinking and contemplating suicide — before seeking professional help.

“My family gave me an ultimatum. They said if you drink again we’ll go. I promised them I wouldn’t do it and I meant it,” she said.

“But they came home and I was drinking, so they packed up and left.

“I was broken, defeated, suicidal. I just thought I didn’t deserve to be on this planet.’

The 53-year-old said her habit - drinking two bottles of wine a day - began when her husband took over the role of head of the NRL

The 53-year-old said her habit - drinking two bottles of wine a day - began when her husband took over the role of head of the NRL

The 53-year-old said her habit – drinking two bottles of wine a day – began when her husband took over the role of head of the NRL

She had tried to hide her addiction by pouring the wine into coffee mugs and takeaway mugs.

“It didn’t matter if Todd’s star was rising and mine was falling, I always felt like I needed more and more alcohol to function,” she admitted.

“I’m such a perfectionist that I wanted to be the perfect wife. In my eyes I failed miserably.’

The co-founder of online women’s community Love You Sydney said she “loathed” and “hated” herself – but has since made an amazing life transition.

Mr Greenberg said “it was the most inspirational story” he could imagine and later called his wife a “superhero”.

After voluntarily stepping down from the NRL’s top spot last year, Greenberg is now chief executive of the Australian Cricket Association.

The two say their marriage is stronger than ever.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can contact Lifeline on 131 114.

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