Money is a tool that allows some to delay the inevitable. They construct a protective bubble that minimizes the risk of getting caught and the other consequences that follow addiction.
By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.
For many, only age and health issues, or an unanticipated dip in that protective tolerance, were enough to finally motivate them to seek help.
Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.
There would presumably be a real advantage to a genetic profile that pinpointed those at special risk for alcoholism
The reality is that if we’d had to rely solely on the healthcare system, a lot of people who are in recovery today would simply never have made it.
It was never really about the job, or an article in Time, or anything except his own fervent desire to keep drinking and prove everyone else wrong.