My name is Chris, and I am a mom.....just a mom. Never in my life did I think I would be the mom of a heroin addict, let alone think I would lose a child to addiction. It is the most heart wrenching thing a person can experience, and I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. Brothers turn into an only child, a mothers heart is torn in half, and a brilliant child is lost to a world full of unknowns. Addiction effects the entire family, has no bounderies, and does not care where you are, how much money you make, the morals you were raised with, or the social circles you embrace. Addiction does not discriminate. Matthew was brilliant. He received an academic achievement award signed by President Bush, was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, played piano, violin, keyboard, and the electric guitar...tested into the gifted and talented program by the 2nd grade, and was on the President's Honor Roll through most of his High School years. The most caring and loving individual I have ever known......and addicted to heroin. Addiction is an illness that we must face head on, and fight like hell to conquer......and hope to save one more life. Every Person Initiates Change...let's get it started right here.