Unfortunately, I've known quite a few people- family members as well as friends- who have struggled with addiction at some point or another. Some of them we lost to their addiction, some of them have recovered tremendously and really turned their life around and a few are still struggling to this day. One of my best friends, who's more like a brother to me, is struggling pretty badly right now. He came back from serving in the Army and has clear signs of PTSD- he chooses to self medicate with more or less anything he can get his hands on. He's not the same person at all when he's using; he's paranoid, angry, threatening...he stole money from his family...just all these things that he would never do otherwise. It's terrible to see him struggling and not really be able to do much more than try and encourage him to get help. To regard his addiction as the serious, life threatening problem that it's become. He has come to me continuously for support- from anything from just someone to talk to for a while to financial help. It's gotten to the point where I feel that continuing to support him is more like enabling.