Heroin Support Blog

Our goal here is to provide our readers with the latest information about the signs substance abuse disorder, support groups, treatment options, life in recovery, prevention & advocacy in our communities, and how to deal with the grief of a lost loved one. If you have ideas or suggestions that you wish to share with us here please use our "Contact Us" page at the very bottom of this page to email us. You can click on our Memorial Map to add your loved ones tribute to the map and then a few days later we will add them to our memorial blog.

Heroin Memorial - 2014/05/03 - James Hissry - Age 32 yrs - Rochester, New York

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05/03/2014 - James Hissry - Age 32 yrs

Submitted by: Joan Hessenauer - Parent

Name: James Hissry
State:  New York, 14609
Date of Passing: 05/03/2014
Date of Birth: 06/05/1982
Age: 32 

Tell Us About Them:

Jimmy was intelligent, sensitive, caring and gentle. He could have a meaningful conversation with anyone and was very loved by his family and friends. He loved reading, music, sports, cooking, the ocean, animals, and spending time with those he loved.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jim battled mental health and addiction issues for many years. He was never able to stay in treatment long enough to get the help he needed.


What Made Them Smile?

Jim struggled so it wasn't always easy to get him to smile. But he did enjoy stand up comedy, and that would get him laughing.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his sense of humor, his intelligence, and all of the music he used to introduce me to. Most of all I just miss having him in my life.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I'm so sorry I couldn't save you. I will always love you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/08/19 - Bryan Bingham - Age 21 yrs - Stittville, New York

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08/19/14 - Bryan Bingham - Age 21 yrs

Submitted by: Debra Bingham - Parent

Name: Bryan Bingham
State:  New York, 13469
Date of Passing: 08/19/14
Date of Birth: 06/20/93
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

He was hardworking, thoughtful, funny, an all around Everybody's buddy and everyone thought the world of him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled for 4 months before his passing. He was very ashamed that this drug had such a hold on him. He was clean for 60 days and the day he was scheduled for outpatient is the day he passed.


What Made Them Smile?

His sister made him smile. They were the best of friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh was infectious and his kind heart


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I'm so sorry you had to go through this. I wish I could have saved you!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/23 - Justin Klunk - Age 29 yrs - York, Pennsylvania

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10/23/2015 - Justin Klunk - Age 29 yrs

Submitted by: Allison Klunk - Parent

Name: Justin Klunk
State:  Pennsylvania, 17403
Date of Passing: 10/23/2015
Date of Birth: 03/20/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Justin was an avid poet who always seemed to write about his struggle with his addiction. He could make you laugh, even when you were having the darkest of days. He cared so deeply for his loved ones. His love of music you could hear daily throughout the house, all types of music he loved. His smile lit up a room!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Justin started his addiction very young at the age of twelve with marijuana. It's quickly led to EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING that would make him high. Heroin found it's way into his life at the age of 18. He struggled with this disease from 12 years going from detox, to rehab, to recovery houses, to jail...and nothing seemed to help. I truly believe he wanted to stop, he just couldn't.


What Made Them Smile?

MUSIC! His daughter, Natalie, who is now 10. The Bible, and discussing religion with his Godmother, Rachel.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His antics. His wit. His smile. Him pinching my cheeks. His hugs...


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

You made me so very proud of you....your strength with trying to get clean, and all the years away from us that you took in stride. I just wish I could have helped you. Please know I would have done ANYTHING for you... my love is your always. xoxo

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/11 - Adam Turgeon - Age 27 yrs - Manchester, New Hampshire

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10/11/2015 - Adam Turgeon - Age 27 yrs

Submitted by: Lisa Fifty - Parent

Name: Adam Turgeon
State:  New Hampshire, 03103
Date of Passing: 10/11/2015
Date of Birth: 10/3/1988
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

Most caring, loving guy you'd ever meet, he was my 2nd child out of 5...had the cutest curly hair as a baby, he was always happy and go lucky...had so much going for him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Adam's struggle intensified after the loss of his 16 year old little brother in 2006 in a car accident, he never got over it and dealt with his pain in this manner.


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter Rylie


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Miss his smile and sense of humor


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Shouldn't of happened :(

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/11 - Alyssa Hendershot - Age 23 yrs - Parkersburg, West Virginia

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12/11/2014 - Alyssa Hendershot - Age 23 yrs

Submitted by: tina miller - Parent

Name: alyssa hendershot
State:  West Virginia, 26101
Date of Passing: 12/11/2014
Date of Birth: 02-16-91
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

2010 HS graduate, went on to collage. Had a little girl born 10-20-2011. Bright, beautiful, caring young woman. Had a smile that could light up a room.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Started with pain pills prescribed to her after having complications with the birth of her daughter


What Made Them Smile?

Her little girl Kamiron.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile, her laugh, her beautiful face. Hearing the words I love you momma.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

How much I love you and how sorry I am for not being able to help and save her. That she was my strength, my first love, my everything.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/05 - Jacob Wallace - Age 20 yrs - Florence, Kentucky

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06/05/2015 - Jacob Wallace - Age 20 yrs

Submitted by: Jennifer Boyer - Parent

Name: Jacob Wallace 
State:  Kentucky, 41042
Date of Passing: 06/05/2015
Date of Birth: 06/11/1994
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

Athletic, funny, gorgeous, a friend to everyone, hard worker


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

many years of different kind of addictions, pills, alcohol, heroin was sober and clean for 108 days then relapsed when it took his life


What Made Them Smile?

Family and friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Smile, laugh, jokes, sillyness and his huge heart


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you and miss you so much

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/02/06 - Austin Bosken - Age 29 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

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02/06/2015 - Austin Bosken - Age 29 yrs

Submitted by: Susan Bosken - Parent

Name: Austin Bosken
State:  Ohio, 45238
Date of Passing: 02/06/2015
Date of Birth: 2/3/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Austin was a very kind and gentle soul everyone loved him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

his struggle started with pain pills 20013 and ended with heroin 2015


What Made Them Smile?

his children


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

his being


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We love and Miss you with all our hearts and I will be with you when it is my time. Peace and Prayers with you always. Love, Mom

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/02/18 - Mick Hastings - Age 23 yrs - Indianapolis, Indiana

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2015/02/18 - Mick Hastings - Age 23 yrs - Indianapolis, Indiana

Submitted by: Denise Lee - Parent

Name: Mick Hastings
State:  Indiana, 46254
Date of Passing: 2/18/15
Date of Birth: 7/11/91
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

He was extremely talented writing and recording music. A lyrical genius who loved deeply. Mick was very loyal to his family, especially his brothers and myself. Everyone loved him and he could light up a room just by walking in.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

It started with pain pills after a brain surgery. He became very dependent on them. Eventually, the doctor took them away and he turned to heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Writing and recording music, the NBA, chicken wings and his family.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laughter and witty sense of humor. My best friend, EVERYTHING.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you and never gave up on you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/25 - Krystyna KuklaSoulia - Age 31 yrs - Greenfield, Massachusetts

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6-25-2015 - Krystyna KuklaSoulia - Age 31 yrs

Submitted by: Kathleen Schroeder - Parent

Name: Krystyna KuklaSoulia
State:  Massachusetts, 01301
Date of Passing: 6-25-2015
Date of Birth: 7-15-1983
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

She was a wonderful daughter, she was such a giving person


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

struggled with this disease for 10 years.


What Made Them Smile?

seeing her daughter.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about her, her smile, her laugh, how her eyes light up.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss you krystyna more then words can say. your are my baby my only child.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015-11-03 - Shane Arnold - Age: 22 yrs - North Chili, New York

 

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11/03/2015 - Shane Arnold - Age 22 yrs

Submitted by: Mark Arnold - Parent

Name: Shane Arnold
State:  New York, 14514
Date of Passing: 11/03/2015
Date of Birth: 12/17/1992
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a wonderful person who would of done anything for anyone.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled with heroin for the last couple years..on and out of treatment.


What Made Them Smile?

His family meant more to him than anything. Loved to be around them.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

everything


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

How much he is loved and missed

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/03/12 - April Louis - Bumpass, Virginia

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Submitted by: Annie Calloway - Parent
April Louis
Age: 30
DOB:  08/20/83
DOH:  03/12/2014
Virginia, 23024

Tell Us About Them:

April could light up any room with her smile. Her bubbly laughter was the sweetest music to your ears. She was a loving soul who loved deeply. Family meant everything to her. The happiest day of her life was when her daughter was born.

Addiction Struggles:

In and out of rehab, drug court, and last 18 months incarcerated.

What Made Them Smile?

Her beautiful daughter Katelyn.

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile, bubbly laughter. Hearing her say I love you mama.

If You Had the Chance to Say One More Thing to Them Today:

I would tell her to fight, that she is worth it, that I would do anything to help her, I'd give my own life to save hers. That her daughter loves her and needs her. That I love her and need her.

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2015 Year End Memorial Tribute Video of Memories Shared With Us

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Here is our 2015 year end memorial tribute video produced by us from the memories shared with us.   We hope by sharing this video we can help break the #STIGMA of addiction.  We also hope to put "faces" on the human lives that heroin ultimately took in the end because our loved ones deserve to be remembered for their struggles with the disease of addiction.  They were NOT "Junkies" or "Dope Fiends".  They were our loved ones who we shared vacations, holidays, birthdays with each year.  They were the ones that made us laugh & cry.  They are the ones portrayed in this video.  

Note: If you would like your loved one included in this video and others in the future please submit your memorial tribute by clicking this link.  You can also join our private grief support group at www.HeroinMemorial.org which membership is restricted to only members who have lost a loved one to heaven.

 

"Ask Me About My Angel" is the new slogan our grief support group has come up with to help with our nonprofit. You can support our nonprofit by purchasing one of our wristbands at by clicking here. 

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Losing a Loved One to a Heroin is a Special Kind of Pain

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(Image used with permission from www.michaelshope.net)

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We are brought together by the unspeakable, forced into a group no one wants to join. Membership is permanent and there is no escape. Once you join this group (www.HeroinMemorial.org), life as you know it stops. It will never be the same again. Your circumstances have changed and you must find a way to adjust. You were not prepared for this, you feel like you are on a raft in uncharted waters, lost, in the dark and all alone. How do you adjust to the unbearable emptiness , the anger, the fear? How are you supposed to live the rest of your life when a large part of you has died? How do you keep yourself from bursting into tears in the checkout line because of some trigger no one would understand? How do you stop looking to see if he is there waiting for you to get off work? How do you stop checking your phone for messages or texts? There are so many questions...and no answers. We are left to fend for ourselves, tending our wounds that no one sees.

Losing a loved one to a drug is a special kind of pain. We continuously torture ourselves as we sift through each and every decision we have ever made. We carry the overwhelming guilt that we failed. We failed that person we loved so much, now they are dead. And if that isn't enough, society tells us it is our loved ones fault for trying drugs in the first place. Our loved one could quit if they really wanted to stop using. Our loved one is labeled a junkie, a waste. No one witnessed the horrifying effects of detoxing. No one cleaned up the vomit and helplessly listened to the excruciating crying for relief, holding them as muscle spasms took control of their legs, believing heartfelt promises they would never do drugs again.

We go to counseling, we join support groups and we brave a fake smile when someone asks us how we are doing. Inside, we are grasping at any explanation of this travesty that we think will help us feel better. Why did my loved one die when there are such evil people in the world? Why was it my loved one that succumbed to his demons when others go on using for years and years? But deep down inside, we really don't care about the answers, we just want our love back. We would give everything we had including our lives just for five more minutes...
We are the loved ones of those lost to drugs.

- Danielle Suiter - Share Your Addiction Journey! Addiction Awareness

#HeroinMemorial | #GoneToSoon | #AskMeAboutMyAngel

 

We want to thank Michael's HOPE for giving us permisson to use the photograph here which includes one of their wristbands which you can purchase on their website.

Michael's HOPE is an organization that educates, prevents and spreads awareness of the current heroin and opioid epidemic we are facing. We understand it is very important to speak to kids in schools, we have made it our goal to not have to charge schools for our programs. All donations will go into this organization and allow us to spread the awareness to our communities and school districts free of charge, while also hosting Narcan trainings also at no cost.

PAUL MAFFETONE - FOUNDER
Born March 31st 1989, a lifetime resident of Laurel, NY lost his older brother Michael Maffetone to a heroin overdose on February 11th 2012 at the age of 29.  Although Paul has never suffered from addiction himself, after the loss of his best friend, has dedicated his life helping others who are suffering from addiction themselves or suffering from the loss of a loved one to these horrific circumstances.  Spreading awareness and education on the current epidemic and fighting the negative stigma associated with addiction in particular is his greatest passion.

Learn more about them at www.michaelshope.net

 

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We Are the Parents of a Child Lost to Heroin

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We are brought together by the unspeakable, forced into a group (www.HeroinMemorial.org) no one wants to join. Membership is permanent and there is no escape. Once you join this group, life as you know it stops. It will never be the same again. Your circumstances have changed and you must find a way to adjust. You were not prepared for this, you feel like you are on a raft in uncharted waters, lost, in the dark and all alone. How do you adjust to the unbearable emptiness , the anger, the fear? How are you supposed to live the rest of your life when a large part of you has died? How do you keep yourself from bursting into tears in the checkout line because of some trigger no one would understand? How do you stop looking to see if he is there waiting for you to get off work? How do you stop checking your phone for messages or texts? There are so many questions...and no answers. We are left to fend for ourselves, tending our wounds that no one sees.

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Losing a child to a drug overdose carries with it a special kind of pain. We continuously torture ourselves as we sift through each and every decision we have ever made as a parent. We carry the overwhelming guilt that we failed as a parent. We failed our child, and now our child is dead. And if that isn't enough, society tells us it is our child's fault for trying drugs in the first place. Our child could quit if they really wanted to stop using. Our child is labeled a junkie, a waste. No one witnessed the horrifying effects of detoxing. No one cleaned up the vomit and helplessly listened to the excruciating crying for relief, holding them as muscle spasms took control of their legs, believing heartfelt promises they would never do heroin again.

We go to counseling, we join support groups and we brave a fake smile when someone asks us how we are doing. Inside, we are grasping at any explanation of this travesty that we think will help us feel better. Why did my child die when there are such evil people in the world? Why was it my child that succumbed to his demons when others go on using for years and years? But deep down inside, we really don't care about the answers, we just want our child back. We would give everything we had including our lives just for five more minutes...

We are the parents of a child lost to heroin.

- Gretchen Miller-Addison, mother who lost her son Tyler, 21, on November 3rd, 2014 to heroin.

You can read his memorial tribute by clicking here.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/05/25 - Coty Glass - Dry Ridge, KY 41035

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Submitted by: Dupuy- parent

Angel's Name:  Coty Glass
Date of Birth:
  10/18/1991
Date of Passing: 05/25/2014
Dry Ridge, Kentucky 41035

Tell Us About Them
My oldest of 3 children and the first person that I knew I would die for.  Coty loved anything to do with nature and being outside.  He loved to hunt, ride horses and four wheelers, pull tractors,  target shoot and making others laugh. He looked forward to spring and summer!!  He loved the sun... he always said it made him feel so alive.  He was a happy,outgoing child and young man until the accident that took his best friend.

Addiction Struggles
Coty's stuggle with addiction began at 16.  He was in a horrific car accident at took his best friends life.  My son was in the hospital for 8 days and bed bound for several more months.   He was given Percocet's for the pain and later he began abusing them to "forget" the pain of losing his friend.  He used pills until he was introduced heroin at 21.

What Made Them Smile
Coty loved food, the sun, the outdoors, family.

What Do You Miss
I miss everything!!  I mostly miss his smile, his hugs, his sarcastic wit and the way he made my heart happy!!!  

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/05 - Joseph Briganti - Bradenton, Florida 34208

Submitted By: Kevorkian - parent

Joseph Briganti

Bradenton, Florida 34208
Date of Birth: 11/26/1977
Date of Passing: 05/05/2015

Tell Us About Them
He was so kind and loyal.....he loved us so much and sadly it wasn't until after he died that I learned how much he kept from me in order to protect me.....he had a little girl, Trinity, who is 3 years old now...... I was hoping his love for her would help to save him but I think his guilt, hopelessness and depression were a stronger force......all of my children say the same thing..."he was the nicest, best one of us all"....

Addiction Struggles 
Joe started abusing drugs in his teens....moving on to heroin by his early twenties......he went through 30 day rehabs many times and one time completed an 18 month program.... I thought he would make it that time....he was clean almost 2 years....longest time he ever had.... I know he wanted to be free so very much.....he told me he had so many things he wanted to do.....ugh...makes me so very sad.....he was almost 6 months clean when he died....had a good job, a place to live....gotten his license reinstated....hired an attorney to get custody back of his daughter, and seemed so happy..... I was on my way to visit when he was found in the back of the Home Depot parking lot..... I think he died when my plane landed in Tampa......my heart is broken....

What Made Them Smile
Seeing, and being with us always made him so happy....our family was, and still is, so dysfunctional..... I grew up in such a damaged environment.... I believed that my family would be different, but alas, dysfunction begets dysfunction..... I truly believe had we been an intact strong family my Joe would still be here......we made him smile and we all loved him....but we didn't know how to be there....still haven't learned how to love each other.....

What Do You Miss
No one in this world loved me as much as he did..... I miss his calls....always "hi mom....wanted to let you know I'm alright....I don't want you to worry mom".... I knew he was in trouble but I never understood until it was too late.....

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/08/01 - Victoria Crispin - Cleveland, Ohio 44119

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Submitted By: Lorie VanTIlburg - parent

Victoria Crispin

Cleveland, Ohio 44119
Date of Birth: 10-14-1990 
Date of Passing: 08-01-2012

Tell Us About Them
Victoria was my youngest. She always wanted to be affectionate. She wanted to make sure everyone was happy.

Addiction Struggles 
It started with the pain meds her Dr. prescribed after the epidural they gave here when her son was born. THey did something wrong and she would get migraines. She started to abuse the pills and someone introduced her to heroin. And within a year she was addicted and lost her life.

What Made Them Smile
Her son Calob

What Do You Miss
That high pitched whiney voice she would get when she didn't get her way.  

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