Drug addiction escalates as an addict develops greater and greater tolerance. For family members and friends who have never had drug problems, it's always hard to understand why. It even becomes harder to watch an addict's downhill slide. It becomes painful to watch somene you loved get deeper into the depths of addiction, a decline which sooner or later leads to serious health problems or even death if something is not done about it. Addists act the way they do because the addictions skew their motivations. I believe it's because they often OVER-VALUE immediate emotional needs that they delive from the drugs they use and UNDER-VALUE the rational consenquences of drug abuse that they are well too aware of. Any other reasons why? I have seen programs that help family members and friends of such addicts understand why addicts act the way they do and how they feel as addiction affects their lives. Most programs call it the 'Addiction experience'. Would you consider such programs a step forward?