I'd love for you to have the sorts of demons Jake has, and fuck your life up completely, and then when you make what appears to be an honest attempt to get your life back together, people just shit on you and talk about how you're a loser. Go fuck yourself.
Jake has the humility to admit his problems and he's asking for help after going to some lengths to show an that he wants to get better. I can respect that-I know that when you've fallen off the wagon that its hard to pick up your shit and get back on.
And speaking of which, you thinking this whole thing is disgraceful is indicative of an AMERICAN problem. What's disgraceful about a man asking for help when he clearly needs it? You want to know what's disgraceful? American eating competitions to see who can stuff themselves with the most food because they have so much, when there are kids in Africa who live on a fraction of that for a year. TV shows like Hell's Kitchen who throw out food because its "slightly undercooked and not acceptable" when homeless people have to dig around in a garbage can for a fucking peach pit. Corporate executives who have board meetings to give themselves a higher salary every year when Joe Smith works the floor at minimum wage to feed 5 kids. Bullshit foundations for diseases who can afford 20 million dollars a year for administration fees paid for by the donations of contributors and yet contribute the bare minimum required by law to actual research (aka the Susan G Komen crooks). Rich trust fund kids who get through school on their parents dime despite their shitty marks and bad attitudes, when there are young people out there who show the initiative and heart, that want the education because they recognize it as a privilege, but don't get it because they aren't blessed with a big bank account.
THAT is shameful. A man asking for help trying to overcome his addictions and restart his life is not.
Go fuck myself? Easy tiger lets not say things through a keyboard that we wouldn't have the minerals to say in real life.
Sort of demons Jake has, I had a major gambling problem a few years back (Wouldnt put it in the same category as Alcohol and Drug problem but its way more fucking expensive) I got help for my problem, but I didnt get thousands of pounds for the problem I brought upon myself which was my own stupid fault.
Everything you said in the bottom part of your post is correct though, its disgraceful how some human beings live compared to others, I work 50 hours a week, put money into the tax system, can just about afford my rent/bills and donate monthly to cancer research and acorns trust. I have my own problems and I am far from perfect, but if I had to choose between giving my money to a kid who needs funds to go towards an operations to save his life or some 60 odd year old man who has abused his body and has a dodgy shoulder have a fucking guess where my moneys going.
Severe lack of common sense and sheer stupidity is what I can only assume is whats up with the people have donated.
I actually read a story the other day about some football club that wants donations from its fans to keep running, I could actually feel my blood boiling.