Mix in the meds from the VA and now you have an Alzheimer's patient for the last five years of his life.
Something our VA and Military Personnel are now having a helluva time dealing with--the drug cocktail of meds and alcohol and cigs etc.
AA and Al-Anon couldn't help my parents but they helped me a little.
Though I didn't like being handed a pack of generic cigs and coffee at AA when I had quit cigs.
My Mom telling me not to come home any more in 1984--the old tough Love thing--that did help.
But I went back two years ago after 29 years and have to face it again--this time for my Wife--I've always needed a reason--it's just who I am.
Not to mention the cancer sticks--after 31 years quitting--go figure.
By the time I get terminally sick, it will be too late for myself.
I've seen it in my sport of wrestling since I started in junior high at 12-YOA in 1967.
Why drink if you're not gonna get drunk--but we were only "weekend" alkies back then right?
College today--I wouldn't be scheduling classes on Fridays--what with all of the 'Thirsty Thursday' bashes.
And tailgating--quite the American pastime--get sloshed before the game.
There was a reason for Prohibition--but the problem was far too enormous for our society to deal with.
What with crooked politicians on down the line.
From the gutter level boozer to the high lifer.
And of course the five crime families firmly entrenched from the 1920s on.
Addiction AND Abuse, I see a clear distinction, are an overwhelming plague on our society, especially with the new designer drugs.
All each of us can do is stay within and control ourselves--and get whatever help we need--and help others.
This is why I see so many former addicts/abusers going into the social fields .