Sympathy? Many people do feel sympathy for a drug addict, but who really deserves the sympathy is their loved ones who must watch that person die. I never would want sympathy for myself, but I can tell you that I did not fall victim to drug addiction entirely out of stupidity. It was something much harder to explain, but maybe its similar. I am fortunate to have been able to get off heroin though. I will say that for many users, they started on prescription medications which have proven to be highly addictive. Due to the physically addictive nature of these opioids, it is more than a mental battle. It can be beaten with medical detox and lots of other treatment, but some people started on pills and ended on smack. That wasnt my case though, I was just very oblivious and overconfident when it came to risks and I already had an affinity for putting other substances in my body.