There are many degrees of addiction, mild addictions maybe one or two cups of coffee or a few teaspoons of sugar. Or extreme addictions, where an addict drinking pints of alcohol daily, shoots heroin or is doing large amounts of other "hard" drugs. Somewhere in the middle is prescription medication, plus with the rise of electronics, people have developed addictions to devices and e-tox is the detoxification from electronics. Just the loss of Life As We Knew It will cause some to go into withdrawal. More than 1 in 10 are on SSRI’s (anti-depressants) approximately 41 million. Approximately 22 million people who use ‘illegal drugs’ in the United States. Approximately 7 of 10 Americans take at least one prescription medication. 4.7 million people that are dependent on painkillers in the United States. Approximately 42 million people smoke cigarettes in the U.S. 17.6 million people are alcoholics, while half of all Americans drink alcohol. Whether collapse/SHTF happens with a flash of light or a slow strangling of the country, addictions and withdrawals will need to be addressed. Maybe you and yours will not have to deal with this issue but the numbers above show that most of us will have to know how to deal with this topic. Addressing chemical based addictions in the group: What is it, how bad is it, did I know about it pre-SHTF, and just how critical IS their skill set that I'm willing to overlook shakes, impaired motor skills, impaired judgement and critical thinking and/or a deceptive personality? A twitchy sniper isn't much use, nor is a swaying, slurring doctor. Is their addiction one that can be dealt with by the group to get them clean? How to handle people who, thru addiction don't pull their own weight post SHFT. What if that person has a critical skill? What are the options and how do you deal with them?