But the repair isn’t cheap, and the outcomes require some patience. And that’s why efforts often fail. America gives up too early.
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.
A criminal defense attorney complained to me that his clients didn’t begin to take things seriously until the second or even third offense.
Problems show up first in hospital emergency rooms and in jails. Those are the closest thing we have to an early warning system.
Once the demand for a drug is well-established, as it is for alcohol, people will find a way to get it, legal or otherwise.
Like the film where Amy Shumer chugs boxed wine, and inadvertently drives up sales to admiring fans.