Someone I know feels he was short-changed by his family. They used to be well-off but because his old man had an addiction problem, he lost all his money to drugs. This gentleman, whom I'll name X, to cope with the situation, started drinking when his family's fortune started going down the drain. He came to depend on alcohol and other drugs to escape reality instead of [staying sober and ] fighting it. He's a young man [in his late 20s] and I think this addiction to alcohol could kill him before his time. Friends, including me, have tried to advice him that alcohol is not a solution to his problems but he says, "it's the only way I can forget." Meaning that he absolutely has no intention of even trying to beat the addiction. Should one give up on such a person or keep trying to help them overcome the addiction?