I saw a horrible status on Facebook recently. It was about Peaches Geldof, suspected to have died of a heroin overdose. In a nutshell, it said her family shouldn’t waste time grieving for her because she had destroyed a family and left her children motherless. I wondered how someone who’d lost a mother themselves could advise children against grieving for theirs! I think it was because she saw the addict, not the person.
People who become addicts are just people, and there are usually reasons behind their addictions: They’re advised to take a certain painkiller; it improves their condition, so they take more … and more … They use a softer drug; they feel accepted; their peer group go onto harder drugs … etc.
I know addiction’s not the best path for someone’s life. When you get involved with drugs and drug-dealers, you’re doing something illegal; it can lead to crime, violence … I know all that, but shouldn’t we have some compassion? You can hate the addiction and its effects without hating the person themselves.