It's amazing what you sometimes find out about people. A friend of mine recently lost her temper about the way the word "addiction" is misused, and wrote a remarkable post on her personal blog. I knew that she'd had a rough childhood and most of it came as no surprise, but there were a few revelations in there that left me stunned and deeply touched. Until she managed to turn her life round at the age of sixteen she'd been a heroin addict who resorted to theft and prostitution to buy drugs. Finally she almost died of an overdose and was abandoned outside a hospital, where the medical staff managed to save her life. Now she's a successful businesswoman in a loving relationship who gives much of her spare time to helping others. Some people might judge her harshly for what she once did, but I guarantee that I have a much harsher judgement for them.