May 18, 2022 – Addicts are great at reasoning away problems. This sad state of affairs is no surprise.The pandemic for many people in every walk of life created stress, anxiety and isolation, a lethal combination that leads to loneliness and depression – the things that drive people to substance abuse. It is a trend we have seen clearly at Crossroads at our drug and alcohol recovery centers here in the Valley. The recent deaths of two high-profile individuals – former Maricopa County attorney Allister Adel and country singer Naomi Judd – were at least partly related to a history of struggles with alcohol. Instead of seeking help, addicts try to reason away their troubles. They reason with themselves, reason with others, whatever it takes to allow the inertia of addiction to continue pushing them down a destructive path rendered more deadly by COVID-19.