Sunday, September 03, 2006

MATTHEW LYLE

MATTHEW LYLE

Is another story of despair and tragedy that brings home very vividly the dangers of Drugs and Alcohol. That a young and talented life can be snuffed out so easily by the illness of addiction is a sad reflection of a society that can, in most cases, accuse such people of nothing more than spineless and lacking in willpower. A person who has no worth to society because of their addiction and who is seen as only a burden.

I think Mathew's diaries show the anguish and pain that exists inside the head of an addict. Not only their own pain but that of those closest to them. In those moments of clarity that exists in their lives they think, not so much of themselves, but of those other people they are equally destroying. Therein lies the whole paradox. They cannot afford to think of others, if they are to recover, but only of themselves, because in that selfishness everybody will begin to recover.

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