How heroin destroyed our family from The Times

Just read this article today by and thought I would share it with you. 

It is a very personal & sad story of how a daughters heroin addiction has affected not only her, but her whole family. Gripping reading and very honest.

If you are the parent of a teenager or a healthcare worker involved in helping heroin addicts and their  families you should definitely read the full article.

Highly recommended.

Here is an extract from the article

In April last year Kate and Hannah Mayne made quite a splash across these pages. It was a story that they wanted told but dearly wished that they were a million miles away from. Hannah was a gaunt but beautiful 19-year-old heroin addict who, despite a loving family and a life of privilege, had been sucked into the world of habit-feeding. Her mother Kate, a specialist interior designer, was desperately battling for help for a daughter who was slowly killing herself.

In the 18 months since I met them many things have changed, but not for the better. Hannah has collected her first criminal conviction (for shoplifting) and is illegally squatting, having moved addresses six times in the past year.

Kate’s marriage to Hannah’s father, a financial director, has collapsed as the reality of their daughter’s addiction and illness took its toll on the family. And, perhaps inevitably, Kate has suffered a nervous breakdown.

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