The arrest earlier this week of Jim Irsay, the multimillionaire and owner of the Indianapolis Colts, on DWI and felony drug possession charges serves as a reminder.
Addiction is not confined to the poor neighborhoods.
It is not relegated to those who are viewed as “dispensable” by the mainstream.
Adolescents nor adults are immune.
No matter how much wealth and/or power an individual has, if he or she is not properly grounded, a void will exist.
Peterson describes this as spiritual poverty.
Attempts to fill such a void are consuming.
And certainly our society has lots to offer in terms of appealing remedies.
Quick pleasure, brief highs, and pain-dullers.
Sadly, they are all just that: temporary.
I hope Mr. Irsay’s stay in rehab is time well spent, and that he begins anew.
That he views this arrest as an opportunity.
A second chance.
One that some who have made similar mistakes were never granted.
My prayers are with him and his family.
And those facing the same struggles as well.
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