If you have to steal or connive to support a habit, then you are a thief and should go to prison. To steal for a habit is not only wrong, it's lame. Everyone has "free will." If most "addicts" go back to their first time, um, no one stuck a gun to their head and made them try it.

My first time, a boyfriend brought it home, but I alone chose to try it, and then I chose to continue using it. I can't blame society, my peers. You must take responsibility for what you do.

Treatment is a farce, if you aren't sincere about quitting. God has nothing to do with it, either. I'm not religious, but do you really think He condones drug abuse? Not.

Your articles made it sound like all meth users are bad news, when in fact some (very few, but still) are quite productive. When I was using meth, I held down two jobs, had my own apartment and took care of all the responsibilities that come with work and home.

And when I quit, I just quit.

No backlash, no bullshit, no cravings, no D.T.'s, no withdrawal, no 12 steps. Just will power!

Addicts, most of them, are hopeless -- but only because to get clean, they have to really want it, and most of 'em cop out or are not really serious. I say, don't blame the drugs, blame yourself.

And by the way, not all meth addicts crave sex ("Meth and Sex," Joe Watson, November 24). As for the people I ran with back then, sex was the furthest thing from our minds. Tweakers like to do other stuff while they are high -- like clean, tinker with their cars, drink beer.

To me, your articles were not only rambling, but not as thorough as they could've been. But through the years of reading your publication, I'll say such reporting is par for the course for New Times.
Judy Guin, Phoenix

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