Indiana Mom, Now Clean, Reflects on Struggle with Heroin Addiction
Approximately one year ago, Erika Hurt was discovered passed out in her car in an Indiana parking lot with her 10-month-old baby in the backseat. She had overdosed on heroin, and she still had the syringe in her hand. The Town of Hope Police Department released an image of the scene in order to try and spread awareness of the growing drug epidemic.
After being rushed to the hospital, Erika was charged with child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia. After pleading guilty to neglect of a dependent, she was given a two-year suspended sentence and her mother was given temporary custody of her son, Parker. In the meantime, Erika made the decision to face her struggle with heroin addiction.
Now, the 26-year-old is clean, working at a plastics factory, and back to being a mom to now two-year-old Parker. She had been struggling with heroin addiction since she was 15 years old.
After being sober for one year, Erika posted last year’s viral image online again—an image of what she describes as “the absolute worst moment of her life”—saying that “it displays exactly what heroin addiction it.”
‘Last year, I overdosed with heroin in my car at a parking lot with my precious baby boy inside the car with me,” she wrote. “Today, I am able to focus on the good that came from that picture.”
“Today, I am a mother to my son, again,” she continued. “Today, I am grateful to actually have solid proof where addiction will only lead you, and today I am able to say that I am one year sober.”
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