Katie’s Story Part 1

Jan 21, 2016  |     |   General

     We knew the dreadful day was coming when my husband, my two boys, and I would be evicted from our apartment.  We had refused to pay any of our bills and we also refused to work.  Why, you might ask?  My husband and I had a drug addiction.  Our relationship didn’t start that way, though.  We were once a strong, happy family.
     It all started when I had severe stomach issues and was hospitalized for a week.  I felt as though I was dying, and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.  They just fed me with pain and nausea medication and keep running tests.  I was later released without a diagnosis.  Soon, I realized the pain medication made me feel wonderful and happy, and I no longer felt nauseous when I took it.  I became addicted.
     Not only was I taking a medication that was highly addictive, but my husband and I had begun using methamphetamines.  My family knew that this caused our homelessness, and felt that we could no longer be trusted.  We had no problem stealing our loved ones to support our addictions….

This story will be continued tomorrow, January 22.

Former Open Door Mission Resident