I read with frustration and sadness the Nov. 25 Metro article “Rather than grasp helping hands, she clung to vices,” about the life and death of Misty Clanton. I think, however, the headline did a grave injustice to her struggle.

Clanton did not “cling to vices.” Rather, she suffered from the devastating disease of addiction. As long as addiction is deemed a “vice,” the shame and moral judgment that are often associated with it will be perpetuated.

Unfortunately, helping hands and treatment do not work for everyone suffering from this disease. Addiction is often a terminal illness. May I suggest another headline: “Unable to grasp helping hands, she succumbed to addiction.” As did my son.

Connie Maas, Silver Spring