It is difficult -- almost impossible -- to dismiss the power of heroin when you're tightly bundled in its warm embrace. Nothing is wrong when the opioid takes over; even when the drug wears off and you feel the torment of Want, you don't blame the powder because it's the only truth that makes things better.
This week, the San Francisco Chronicle has a compelling read on Rhonda Bye, a former model who died at 39 after years of heroin and crack addiction.
There are three photos of Bye with the story. Look at her before the ravaging began, and then see what she became.
"This is not how I wanted to end up," she told the newspaper in 2004, as she begged for money on a highway off-ramp. Sadly, she got what she did not want.