In this video Heather Wetzel explains how she became addicted to heroin, her overdoses, and the guilt she carried being an addicted mother to her four year old daughter. She explains how she turned to a life of crime to fund her drug habit, and the time when she overdosed and the police arrived while her daughter was home.
I told her, Mommy’s got to go away…
She was in prison for eleven month and completed a drug program while there.
I don’t know how I lost sight of being a mother…
After she was released from prison she and her daughter lived in a treatment center for recovering mothers and their children. Heather hopes her recovery will last and that she’ll remain drug free for her daughter. She says she feels confident about remaining drug free but she has a fear of the cravings.
Thousands of lives are lost each year to prescription drug overdose. Opioid prescriptions are at an all time high, so are emergency room visits and deaths from overdose. It has become a national crisis. Sadly stories like Heather’s are common: a young mother gets caught up into drug addiction and the downward spiral is fast and ugly. Heather is fortunate in that she’s still alive, and is drug free now. Heroin overdoses are lethal far too often.
Too often someone addicted to opiates tries and fails to kick their addiction and mistakenly concludes they’re hopeless and they have no chance for recovery. We see people end the cycle of addiction each day. It’s not easy and the first thing the addict must do is recognize they have a problem and then seek help.
We hope Heather’s story inspires heroin addicts that they too can turn their lives around, no one is hopeless.