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Stephen Stirling

Jersey City, NJ
Data Reporter and Weather Writer — The Star-Ledger

Data reporter for NJ Advance Media, Weather geek, occasional contributor to @fivethirtyeight, rabid Devils/Mets fan, Rowan Alum. Opinions my own.

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And if they do, it'll be a heartache that never heals. Because this life, for all its fraught with, can be so damn good. Sometimes you just need help getting out of the woods and back on the road.
The best thing you can do is wait on the sidelines, make sure they know you're there, and hope you see that white flag. And you have to do it knowing that you may just be watching a play where the hero isn't going to pull through at the last minute. The credits might just roll.
And that's the hardest thing about addiction. The person has to do the most counterintuitive thing in our society today. They have to give up. The moment they wave that white flag, an army will rush in. But they, *they*, have to do it.
It's agonizing to watch someone slowly kill themselves, knowing full well you can do nothing. And to watch their loved ones give up one by one, walking away in tears because they just need to save themselves, is absolutely devastating.
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