Shmulik had been to his first detox hospitalization before the age of 15 and had spent a night in jail long before he was old enough to vote. After burning his way through every treatment program in the area, Shmulik’s uncle — his closest relative since his parents had been killed in a car accident — brought him to Eretz Yisrael. He eventually found sobriety for a few years within the structure of the Israeli Army’s Nachal Haredi unit, but that fell apart once the fear of random drug testing evaporated following his discharge. Shmulik had become involved in various financial schemes, a few domestic violence incidents, and at least one armed robbery. Plus, he’d been regularly abusing just about every drug he could get his hands on.