Addiction will take a person to terrible places.
Everyone I know who has overcome substance abuse had to hit bottom before they came out of denial and got clean. Many people never reach that point. I had a close family member whose addiction to heroin for four decades consumed his life. As hard as he tried, he could not escape the drug's clutch until it finally killed him.
I pray for former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer's sake and that of her 9-year-old son that she has hit her personal bottom.
That her latest public humiliation -- an Aug. 28 arrest in Orange County on drug and child endangerment charges -- will propel the 41-year-old to get the help she needs to begin to reverse her dangerous spiral.
Lockyer, who was forced to resign her seat on the board of supervisors after a painfully public drug and sex scandal, has been charged with felony methamphetamine possession as well as three misdemeanors: being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse.
According to the Orange County district attorney, a caller tipped off authorities that Lockyer was staying with a relative at a house in Orange and that she might have drugs there. Orange County authorities said they recovered methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia -- tubular aluminum foil with a burned end -- in the house.
Lockyer was charged with child abuse because authorities allege that the meth was found in the room where she was staying with her son.
The former supervisor was not at the house at the time. However, authorities allege that when they later contacted her, she showed signs of being under the influence of a drug.
Lockyer has pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance to an Orange County rehab center. She is due to appear back in court Monday.
Who dropped the dime on Lockyer, the estranged and soon-to-be ex-wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, 71, who filed for divorce in July, five months after an incident in a Newark motel room exposed Nadia Lockyer's extramarital affair with a meth user?
Orange County authorities aren't saying. Unless the residents of the house invited the police in, the officers would have to have obtained a search warrant before entering the premises.
I would like to think that whoever reported Lockyer did so out of concern for her safety and that of her son rather than for malicious reasons.
Meth is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet and notoriously tough to quit. It will make people do just about anything to keep their supply going and ravages the lives of those who use it. Not to mention making all your teeth fall out. Like crack cocaine, in a very short period of time, it will steal a mother from her child and transform her into someone totally unrecognizable.
There has been speculation for several months that Lockyer was using meth both because of her visible weight loss over a short period of time and the fact that the lover she claimed beat her in a Newark motel room in February has faced a number of meth-related drug charges in the past decade. Meth users tend to hang around other meth users.
Lockyer's recent arrest on meth charges in Orange County, where she grew up, suggests that she might well be battling an addiction to one of the most insidious, destructive drugs of all.
Her Newport Beach attorney, Allan Stokke, said Lockyer "recognizes her error and she intends to take all appropriate actions to regain her health."
That sounds a lot like what Lockyer said when she resigned.
If the charges are founded, she has relapsed.
The question is, can Lockyer pull herself back up before it's too late?