Updated – I had some really unnecessary stuff in the last paragraph I have removed and I have updated the entry after having received a few emails from concerned family members.
The thing that we don’t consider sometimes is the damage that addicts along with other criminals do to their family and loved ones along with the victims. Take Shane for instance. He has parents (who have several other happy children that have never been in trouble), a little boy and other friends who have been forever hurt. I’ve been in touch with a family member off and on since I originally posted this and they are all hurt and damaged. Maybe not as much as the victim, but the psychological damage that drug addicts can do is horrendous. Having experience addiction in my family first hand I can tell you that one of the hardest things to do is to let go of it. You can’t take care of them by enabling them to keep on the path of destruction and they will never quit until they’ve hit rock bottom and really want to quit.