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Denise Peterson, Fargo, Published July 27 2013

Letter: It’s not all about famous addiction

Johnny Depp, Matthew Perry and Lindsay Lohan can all claim fame and fortune along with their personal struggles with addictions. Their names are splashed everywhere, with stories of treatment, legal problems, marriage problems, relapses and recovery. Sometimes we also hear their pain and the pain their loved ones experience from their struggles. Many of us mourn the loss of Cory Monteith, a rising star from “Glee.”

Fame and fortune don’t visit many of us, but addictions do. Every family struggles alongside a loved one who spirals down from drinking too much, using illegal drugs, gambling away the mortgage money, or misusing prescription drugs. Please don’t wait to intervene in your loved one’s life. Take action earlier rather than later – rock bottom doesn’t mean everything must be lost before your loved one will listen.

Your love and respect for your friend, co-worker or family member can guide him to get the help he needs. There is always hope, and change happens every day. Call us at Lost and Found Ministry at (218) 287-2089 to get the information you need to help your loved one.