The grip of addiction impacts the whole family

By Rich Piatt

By Viviane Vo-Duc

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 9:00 p.m. MST

Project Reality addiction expert, Joel Millard, said the drug is life sentence.

"It's a chronic disease, not an acute one," Millard said. "So once a person gets addicted for whatever reason, then that's a vulnerability they'll have for the rest of their life."

Experts say that was the case for actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. After going through rehab and becoming clean years prior, he succumbed to his addiction last weekend and died as a result. The drug systematically destroys families of the people using it.

"You lose trust. They lose faith in you sometimes and it creates a lot of problems in the family," Millard said.

"It really destroyed my family dynamics," Hinton said. "They lost trust in me. They lost faith in me. I know my mom would wonder if I was alive or dead and that makes me feel horrible looking back on it."

Both Hinton and Mondragon are fighting for their lives together in a friendship that could be key in their recovery. Experts say that one of the keys to recovery is healthy relationships, and that the sudden loss or lack of those kinds of friendships could be a sign of trouble.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Email: rpiatt@deseretnews.com

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