Monica shares how her drug addiction affected her everyday life.
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How Heroin Affects Your Life - Monica's Story We basically ended up living double lives, you know, you have to lie about where you are all the time, what you are doing. We would use in the ghetto. We grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and so we would be at the country club for dinner with his parents, and then we’d go to the ghetto afterwards and hang out and do heroin and sit in the shooting galleries and, you know, there was a lot of pain and suffering in those shooting galleries. It was, when I really think back on it today, it was very, very sad, and a really horrible place to be. You know, the cheating part of it–I cheated on my husband; he cheated on me. We stole from our families, meaning we would go–my husband had a lot of money so we didn’t have to really steal money for drugs or anything like that--but we would go into people’s houses and go through their medicine cabinets. You know, we’d go over to his aunt’s house or some family friend, and the first thing we’d do is hit the bathroom and look to see what kind of drugs they had, and we’d steal their drugs, and that’s the kind of stuff we did. And, you know, it just keeps snowballing and actually used for 15 years, and what basically got me into treatment, was we started smoking cocaine, and I can say freebasing cocaine got me into treatment. I had been successfully using heroin for 15 years, and I know that’s kind of a strange term, but, you know, I held down a job, he held down a job, and people just really didn’t know. Again, it was a whole double life thing.
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