PARAGOULD-- There are thousands of stories to be told about the effects of meth and it's powerful addiction, but many assume addicts are all the same... Junkies or misfits from broken homes.
"It robbed us of a family that we saw our son having... To play with his children, to spend Thanksgiving together, to spend Christmas together... We had that plan. We thought it was a spiritual problem. We did not know until Ryan's death that he could not, not do the crystal meth," Mrs. Johnson says.
Ryan was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 13. It was a disability that his parents say you wouldn't even know he had unless you knew him... Still the struggle was hard.
"Ryan did try to get his life on track. He really did," Mrs. Johnson says.
"We just expected what everyone expects out of life. That you'll grow old together, that you'll have accomplishments that your so proud of. Just that you'll be a family. I believe that the pull that it has, the addiction that it has, is so strong that he gave up everything to do the crystal," Mrs. Johnson says.