To the editor: As the mother of an addict, I find recent letters stating addiction to drugs is a curable illness or is not an illness at all, to be highly disturbing. I am here to tell you that it is a disease, no different than alcoholism. It is simply a different choice of drug.

The alcoholic may be able to function somewhat better than an addict, but in the end the outcome is the same: Rehab to detox from the chemicals that are put into your body, whether it is through smoking, snorting or injection.

As with the alcoholic, it's all about making choices - whether right, wrong or indifferent. If an alcoholic is sober, it's because they have made the conscientious choice not to drink. Same principle goes for an addict who chooses not to use; therefore, they remain clean.

Here's an excerpt from Narcotics Anonymous, fifth edition, chapter five, page three:

"Most of use don't have to think twice about this questions. We know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another - the getting of and using, finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or a woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions and death."

Project FAITH (Facing Addiction Issues Together Helps) is a nonprofit organization of mothers, fathers, friends and family of addicts, including alcoholics. We are there to support families dealing with addiction issues. We meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the municipal building on Market Street in Sunbury and, if weather permits, at Cameron Park across the street.

Our goal is to fight the war on drugs and its effects on society by helping all those who reach out. We have God on our side to guide us and the help of all those who volunteer their time and services.

It's time for America to wake up and see what is affecting our lives and taking the next generation at an early age.

Sandy Anspach


Project FAITH