Though his legal battles must be fought and his situation aided by huge publicity and hindered by the same publicity, the fact remains that he undoubtedly suffers from addiction and needs to get help regaining the control over his life he so obviously lacks.
A classic case of the secret life of addiction leading to a very pubic example of the incapacitation brought on by addiction. Nicholas is facing possible sentences including prison terms, application of an “electronic leash” , probation and more as the courts decide how best to keep him “under control”.
But what is the cause of his not being in control; his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He has evidently relinquished control of his life to drugs and alcohol at sometime in the past and is currently transferring part of that control to the legal system.