Whether you are from a "privileged" background or not, drug addiction humiliates addicts and families. Some of the comments reflect a belief that a heroin addict that has "overly indulgent" parents is less newsworthy and does not reflect reality. However, it does. Believe me, Arun's disease is very real to him and his family. It may not be as gritty as stories that reflect the stereotype of the addict in the gutter. This stereotype makes most people feel better about drug addiction because they cannot relate to such an image. It keeps addicts nicely compartmentalized in a place most of us would never go. Perhaps this is why the schools would not respond. They don't want that sort of image associated with their institutions.
Arun's parents tried to help their son. My mother tried to help me. She did whatever she could. She spent money she did not have. She had me picked up by the police to get me away from the environment. She locked me away. She was humiliated, distraught, helpless. She lied to people. She was ashamed, mainly of herself because she thought she was to blame for my addiction. Now in my thirties, I have my own child. I am a professional in the community. My mother is passed on. I understand now why she did some of the things she did, right or wrong. She saved my life. As a parent, you will do anything and everything you can to save your child from pain and death, and addiction ultimately leads to death. If my son is ever in the same sort of danger, I will probably not do exactly as my mother did, but I may do some unethical things to save and protect him.
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