Originally Posted by rogue_drummer
If you were in the band with him, would you let him back in or fire his ass?
Good question. I've been in three bands where there was at least one junkie. In two of these cases their artistic contributions were significant enough that the bands would've had to break up or completely start over without them - which ended up happening anyway, in no small part because of their addiction-related failures.
Addiction is a powerful thing so I can sympathize up to a point. This guy (C&C bass-player) has been through rehab before and obviously fell off the wagon, but there are careers potentially riding on his contribution to the band, so probably everyone's been hoping he'd be able to pull it together. Tough choice, for sure.
On the face of it, I'd be wanting to kick him to the curb, but then again, I'm not in the band and I don't know the guy. On the other hand, I've been weighed down with guys like this before and I think I'd be much less willing to tolerate it again. It's not worth the anxiety it causes to the bystanders.