To be honest, I always kind of judged people who would come into the hospital as an obvious drug addict. Now I just feel incredibly guilty for doing so. First off, I just shouldn't do that, but second, getting an inside view of their life really gives you a heart for them. In one case in particular, one girl becomes addicted because she was raped, and then injected with heroin. So in reality, it wasn't even really her fault that she became addicted.
There was also a girl who expressed that she became addicted to drugs and sexually active when she was in 8th grade! That's for all you people out there who might think Junior High ministry is a waste of time.
In the end, all of these people are surrounded by people who really love them, and so they stage an intervention. I haven't seen anyone reject an intervention yet, but some of the people do drop out quickly after admitting themselves.
All in all, I will really think twice next time I see an addict come into the hospital. I really can't relate with them, because I have never been heavily addicted to drugs or alcohol, but at least I will understand a little bit of where they are coming from, and I will definitely remember that this is someone's son/daughter... brother/sister... friend/loved one.
To check out the show "Intervention", click here.