Thank you to Pastor Brad Hill and The Winchester Star for sharing such a poignant story in Saturday's paper. It is important that everyone understand the constant challenge people with substance use disorder face. As the story told so well, SUD is a condition of the brain that when treated and monitored, not unlike diabetes and cancer, allows a person to reach their potential and, thereby, give so much to others. A recovering addict often brings to their families, their jobs and their community a humbling understanding of other people's difficulties. As the article so clearly stated, addiction is a lonely, debilitating and life-threatening disease triggered by the brain and the environment. It requires understanding, strong support and, very often, tough love from all who care about the person suffering from the disorder — and we should all care. Thank you, Pastor Brad, for sharing your story of recovery. You bring much-needed understanding to the plight of so many living with SUD.