This is a story that can open the eyes of most families.  

There’s a common misconception that addicts are lowlifes, people who never had a future, or the stereotypical poor minorities.

But drug addiction strikes all genders, races, religions, cultures, and breaks through economic barriers like you cannot imagine.

Case in point: The death of heiress Eva Rausing in London, England.

The Evening Standard had an in-depth look at Rausing’s life and struggles with addiction, from the time she was a student in California all the way to her final days.

The paper gives this chilling account from Mrs. Rausing before her death,

The MySpace posts by the 48-year-old mother of four, found dead on Monday from a suspected drugs overdose, give a tragic insight into how she battled for than 20 years to give up cocaine, heroin and crack and has been on a downward spiral since before her arrest trying to take drugs into the US Embassy in London in 2008.

Describing how she felt “in a deep hole” she said: “I don’t work, but probably should. Or at least think of a constructive way of using my time, enlarging my life.”

This is a woman who lived in a $80 million home. She was a mother of four. She hobnobbed with Prince Charles. But behind all of the glamour and wealth, was a dark side. Both she and her husband, who is now under arrest, spent more than two decades battling drug addiction for cocaine, crack, and heroin.

In the end, Eva Rausing died of what may be an overdose. Her husband, perhaps suffered a mental breakdown, lived in the home for a week with his wife’s corpse.

Detectives aren’t sure what to make of the case. They have characterized her death as “unexplained” while they wait for toxicology reports. It appears the two lived the last several months as ghostly figures. He is now hospitalized for drug related issues while authorities try to make sense of what happened.

So you have a couple who stood to inherit a billion dollars in family fortune and they succumb to the same drug addiction a high school drop out living on the streets does.

Drug addiction does not discriminate.

Parents who think that they are too wealthy, or too educated, or too close-knit to have an addict in their home better open their eyes.

Great families, with wonderful parents and tremendous love inside the home still battle addictions. Addiction is a disease. Like cancer, if caught early enough, it can be treated.

But thinking that it won’t happen to your child is the first mistake you can make.

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