My issue is his previous comment that he dismisses addiction as an illness...Well, Been There, I didn't get the impression he's on a high horse at all. He was just telling his story like you did. There's no reason to argue or play "my dog is bigger than your dog". Drug abuse and alcoholism has destroyed many, many families, it's terrible.
I'm not the only person who has been through it and I get that but when I asked him/her if he/she knew what they were talking about I got the wrath of well yes I do I've lived it... Well so have millions of other people and its a growing trend. The depressed state of our country and financial hardships drive addictions. When kids get nailed for drugs it's treated as a kid acting out and they get tossed in a detention center or jail. They are not being treated for current addiction or potential addiction in their future, they are just being overlooked and labeled