His parents didn’t care about him. They both worked at the local mine and had little time for him. Moreover, his father was an alcoholic, and home life was dysfunctional.
Following his philosophy of trying everything in life Denis worked and played hard. Nothing satisfied – sport, work, alcohol and tobacco, immoral sex, and finally he turned to drugs. By the age of 25, he had become a hardened drug addict.
He tried many times to break free of this bondage, even changing his place of living more than once to try to throw the habit. He was hospitalized seven times, but not cured. He was prosecuted for illegal possession of drugs, but nothing brought freedom.
Unsurprisingly his health deteriorated seriously and he developed hepatitis C and stomach ulcers. Things at home also fell apart. His mother lost all hope that he could change and she left. His father continued his heavy drinking and eventually this killed him.
With both parents gone, the apartment in which he was living became a ‘hangout’ for drug addicts. I had come to the conclusion that I too would soon die.