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Mom shares her story of recovery after heroin addiction

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A 31-year-old mother of three, who is a recovering heroin addict doesn't want us to use her name, but she's more than willing to tell her story.

She says, "It sucks you in and messes with you."

The mother gave birth to a child who died, not long after she had a miscarriage.

She thought she wouldn't be able to have kids when she found out she was having twins.

Seven months into that pregnancy she was told she had gallstones.

Doctors gave her pain medication.

A few months after the twins birth she had surgery and says she was given more pain pills, and that's when she said her world began to change.

"There were plenty of times I thought I was going to die," says the mom.

When the pills ran out she says a friend said he could help her continue the pill popping. 

Depressed and going through a divorce, she took his advice, injecting the meds to help numb the pain faster. 

She says she didn't realize what she was injecting was "heroin." When she learned what it was, it was too late, she was hooked. 

"You do it in your car. You do it where ever. Just in my vein. I looked in the mirror and I looked at myself and hadn't showered in weeks. I thought oh my god what happened to you?" she says.

She's been sober for three years now with the help of therapy from Doctor James Rodio and Suboxone, a medicine that blocks heroin's gripping effects.

 "When they come to my office they've bottomed out with their life, in a lot of ways they may be at a point of desperation," says Doctor James Rodio.

 Through the grace of God I have come from there to here," says the mother of three.

Doctor Rodio has more than 30 patients who are recovering from heroin. They range in age from 18 to their mid 60's. 

He says therapy is key.


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