She asked to not be identified. And it’s understandable given the stigma attached to addiction. For this story, we’ll call her “Mary.”
Mary lives in eastern Kentucky and has struggled with an addiction that began with painkillers and progressed to heroin.
“As soon as I opened my eyes, I had to get it,” Mary said. “And even when I did get it, then I had to think of the next way that I was going to get.”
Mary was using when she learned she was pregnant with her first child. She sought treatment but the disease had a tight grip on her.