All a friend can say is ain’t it a shame

He’s nearly 40, makes good money in his skilled profession when he’s clean. Trouble is, he can’t stay clean. A few months ago he disappeared down the crack pipe again. This time was much worse than usual. A friend finally tracked him down, he’d been put on a mandatory 72 hour psychiatric hold in a local hospital and then signed on to stay longer. All the belongings and car are probably gone (again.) Is his brain and personality still intact? We don’t know. Damn man, what’s it going to take? I really don’t want to go to your funeral …

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