I just ran across this article and read the whole thing hoping for a happy ending. After I was done I wondered --- how many happy endings are there? I hate the feeling of being hopeless but today, I worry.
Here is the article if you want to read it, I assure you it will be familiar to many: Dana Reisman's story.
Holy crap....I didn't read the comments to the above article, but thanks to Bristol pointing it out, I will share the comment here. I know from my own newspaper's recent comments that THIS IS THE MINDSET of many people out there. Its pretty sad that they see it this way, its absolutely no help to anyone. There is some truth to what this person says, but what they don't realize is that its human nature for people to do things even though they have been warned against it. Drinking and driving, driving too fast, eating the wrong foods, not exercising, the list goes on. Most addicts start in high school and sure - they hear the lectures about lecture, just like they hear the ones about safe sex, safe driving, etc.
The problem is, in their youthful belief that they are invisible, bad things happen to other people. Its naive thinking but they are young people that are still maturing. I don't blame the addicts. They may have chose to use, but they did not choose the addiction that ruined their lives and devastates their families.
Comment: "I spent several years as a proprietor on the west coast. The west coast was flooded with Black Tar Heroin, and consequently the neighborhood I worked in had several overdose deaths. It is sad that all of those people died needlessly. There is so much information, and so much indoctrination thru education on the downfalls of Heroin, that it puzzles me why someone would use it. I have no sympathy for those that use it or become addicted to it. Once addicted, they become animalistic creatures that pursue the drug, and will do anything to get the drug. Sometimes that involves stealing from family, and friends.Sometimes it involves acts of violence, and even the murder of people that stand in their way of committing crimes. Addicts are not victims and should not be referred to as "victims". They made poor choices, disregarding all warnings of imminent disaster. The victims are those that have to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, and the survivors of the carnage the addicts wreak. Resources should be spent on helping the real victims., not the addicts."
Peace, Hope and Love,