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Heroin addiction and its grip on the family
Addiction untreated is fatal. "When people say, 'if only this family member would just make better decisions' and they're referring to an addict, that statement is a misnomer," describes Greg Schmidli, MSW, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and founder of Turning Point in Denver, "because once the midbrain (a portion of the central nervous system associated with vision, hearing, motor control, sleep/wake, alertness, and temperature regulation) is engaged in drug use, your loved one no longer makes logical decisions. They operate from instinct."