- Oct 26, 2016
- AFL Club
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- MSU Spartans, Detroit Red Wings
I understand where you're coming from, but sometimes it takes something traumatic to get someone with issues to seek help, though they may have always had issues. I had a good friend who was the definition of a functional alcoholic. He drank for over 40 years (until it killed him). had a successful career and a generally happy life. Never hurt anyone or was arrested until he got a Drink Driving ticket one night. Even then he was only sentenced to attend an alcohol program and allowed to basically continue his life because no one else was involved and he wasn't driving in a dangerous manner. I sometimes wonder though if he would still be alive had something occurred in his younger years to force him into treatment and perhaps gotten him off the drink. I guess my point is this sh!t can be complicated...I’m torn on this. While I agree to an extent, it’s also entirely self inflicted. For example, if he had have been drinking and driving and hit someone, would our reactions have been different? I know that’s a long bow to draw, but just think it’s worth exploring where our sympathy starts and ends.
For clarification, I guess I'm saying that sometimes it takes an event or series of events to prompt someone to get treatment. It doesn't mean the issue needing treatment didn't exist prior.