Poor old Ant's in the news again. It's no surprise to me. Addiction is a roller-coaster. One minute you're down in the depths and the next minute you've recovered and on a high again. Being in the public eye makes it a thousand times worse, I am sure, but it is no different to the ordinary man in the street really. Every one including the addict hopes rehab will solve the problem, but it's not usually the case. Nine in ten people will succumb to the demon again. Up, down, up, down.
does not make Ant or any other addict a bad person. They would give
anything not to be like that. It's an illness, a mental illness, that
they don't have a lot of control over, although many who have never been
in that situation will disagree. I am sure he will be mortified that a
young child's life was put in danger. Many's the time Greg wanted to go
out in the car to get more whisky, whilst ten times over the
drink-drive limit. Instead I "enabled" him by doing the driving myself
to get his supplies. It did not sit easily with me that I was fueling
his addiction. But his addiction meant that I could not have someone's life endangered or on my conscience.