I'm glad to hear that the situation for them may have not been as dismal as I first was led to believe!
But, we've all seen instances where people abuse their bodies and live to be 90. Others, who in the prime of life, careful to do all the right things about eating, exercising, etc suddenly drop over dead.
When we worry about the addict in our lives, we sometimes under-estimate how robust they really are. And, over-estimate how strong we are by taking on too much.
Thanks for the correction, Ann. Don't want to mislead folks here.