Scott took a sip of beer from his father’s mug when he was 12. He started taking bottles from the fridge by the age of 15. It was forbidden — it was cool. But he couldn’t shake the habit. By the time he was 21, when he got home from work, he needed a beer. When he sat down for dinner, he needed a beer. When he watched TV, he needed a beer. And one day when he was driving his car, he needed a beer. He lost his license, he disappointed his wife and kids, and he lost his freedom.
This is just one story of substance abuse. There are many others — with drugs, pain killers, and more — all unique and all equally draining on lives.