Sad, but true. I have many friends going through similar things...hard to understand from an "outsider's" point of view, but it IS a disease. It's a disease that never, "goes away," but it IS controllable with the proper help. Sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Pretty crazy that he was able to not only function, but play at a high level. Imagine if he wasn't battling addiction this whole time...scary.