With the passing of yet another famous actor, addiction is once again all over the news. Although I myself have never had an uncontrollable desire for drugs or alcohol, I have seen firsthand the damage addiction can do. I have lived with the fear of losing someone to addiction and I have been witness to the lingering hurt that follows in it’s path. I don’t doubt for a second that the reason my first novel, Searching for My Wand, deals with the subject in what is both a realistic, and I hope, compassionate way, is due in part to my personal experiences. Unfortunately, much like cancer, I think most people have had to deal with addiction in some manner, and it can often turn divisive.
At the moment, social media is filled with opinions as to whether or not this latest actor is an angel or a demon. It seems irrelevant to me. He is gone, and all of the speculation in the world is not going to ease the pain and suffering that his family has been left with. Although some will scream at the simplicity of what I am about to say, I stand by it; life is a series of choices. Choose carefully, and own the choices you make.