Recently I was asked to help a man who had just come out of rehab. It seemed sensible because I live in a rural area, far from distractions and Heroin suppliers. He was a genuinely nice guy. Everybody liked him. After a while he did various work for myself and neighbors and seemed to be improving himself. He was not afraid of physical work and proved a competent electrician which was his trade. One day everything fell apart when we discovered he had been stealing. A friend who owned the local store phoned me and asked about items he had been selling to strangers outside her store. Anything from books, utensils, electric drill, even a chain saw was eventually recovered. My neighbors were furious and my reputation also suffered a little. We never caught him stealing; he was always too good at it to be caught. But several honest people returned stolen goods that were sold by him. This was beyond my ability to handle. I had no choice but to send him back to family, who seemed somewhat unwilling but had no choice. How common is this? Was he on drugs the whole time, even though just out of rehab? Was he perhaps a thief to begin with and this had nothing to do with drugs? Any information or opinions would be appreciated.