My dad battled addiction my whole life. Addiction to alcohol, heroin, and later, prescription opiates. He was able to stop drinking, but the damage had been done and he succumbed to end stage cirrhosis. I always saw him as a tough, strong person. He built a dock for my mom in a day, he built boats, he even built an airplane. He could do anything. Except stop using opiates. I'll always hold on to the good memories of my dad, but I wish he was still here. Addiction is a difficult disease to talk about, but it's so important. We need more attention, more help, more options.