Reformed addict Russell Brand has a lovely piece in the Examiner where he talks about his friend Amy Winehouse and the curse of addiction. The quote below is moving and apt.
There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course, though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone. Frustratingly it’s not a call you can ever make: it must be received. It is impossible to intervene.
Read the rest of it here.