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Posted by marti on September 11, 2000 at 07:58:00:

I have a friend who is addicted to lorcet. He has been in jail for the past seven months, not because of the drugs, but because he resorted to theft to help pay for his addiction. He is a good guy with deep seated Christian morals. He knows what he did was wrong and feels much remorse for what he did to support his addiction. I know he is sincere in his remorse, and he doesn't want to go back to the pills right now, but my question is this: how hard is it going to be for him when he gets out to resist the physical and mental craving? I am in a good position to speak in his behalf to maybe get him an early release (he was sentenced to two years for the theft of a $70 radio), but I would like to know what he will be up against when he is released. He does have a good support system with his family, friends and church family. Though I do feel that his sentence was harsh, and that the DA may have ulterior motives for not granting him his freedom ( he has saved the county thousands of dollars by doing concrete work for them), I would hate to think that by trying to help him I had something detrimental to his recovery. Thanks in advance for any information.

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