A suburban heroin addict’s brush with death and hopes for a better life

Published: February 14th, 2014

Category: Life in Recovery

MotherandSonRecently I received an e-mail from my mother with a link to the harrowing tale of a 16-year-old Northern Virginia girl who overdosed on heroin and died, and whose companions had dumped her body. My mom wrote that she found the story “terrifying, because that easily could have been you. I thank God every day that it wasn’t, and that you are safe and healthy.’’

She was right. It could have been me, and it very nearly was. The only difference was that after I passed out from an accidental heroin overdose, the person I was with called 911 before abandoning me.

Read the rest of this personal story about a near death experience and recovery from heroin addiction.