Healing Scarred Hearts

Susa'n Hoemke
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

Although my son Hayden lost his life to Heroin overdose in 2014, we had discussed his desire to help other people before his disease ended his life. His recovery journey was a long 8 years in which he spent much of that time either in treatment centers or jail. He was an entertaining, funny love-able kid who knew nothing about addiction/Substance Use Disorder and neither did my family. We all learned the hard way about the many drugs available and the awful destruction they cause as well as how DNA and personality are factors leading to addiction.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Educate yourself and your young children so together you can understand and plan for life's journey ahead. The more you all know the better your family can grow. If we do not communicate as a family, learn how to identify drugs/drug paraphernalia and do not discuss the tragic reality of Substance Use Disorder/addiction, we put our youth at risk. We need to address addiction as a medical problem and lift the stigmas which keep this problem silent.