My name is Nancy Infante and I’m the mother of a person in long-term recovery. You may have seen my video with my son Kyle where we candidly talk about how his heroin addiction wreaked havoc on our family for nearly a decade, and how the power of recovery helped us heal. Kyle’s much more open about this topic because he lives in recovery the same way he used drugs: out-loud and unapologetically. I, however, have a very different way of addressing this topic. I’m usually a private person, but with the latest string of overdoses across the United States, I feel it’s necessary to be open an honest about recovery, from one mother to another.
The 2017 County Health Rankings recently released a report indicating that suburbs were Ground Zero for opioid and heroin overdoses. Suburbs – these are the neighborhoods we as responsible parents built our lives to provide happy, healthy homes for our children. These are the places where we felt safest and protected. Now, the suburbs are the places where more young adults have their lives cut short far too soon. While these new findings are terrifying, this report hits it on the head.
This was my story. My son began using drugs at a young age, starting with pharmaceutical pain relievers that were legally prescribed by a physician and eventually moving up the chain to heroin. This story could fit one house on each block of our hometown where my husband and I raised our family. However, there is hope.
After years and years of attempts at getting sober, Kyle finally accepted the help presented to him at a drug rehab in Austin, Texas. My hope is that other parents and families won’t give up before the miracle happens. My experience has been that when everything finally clicked into place – we found the right opioid treatment center, we listened to the clinical staff, we encouraged our child in his recovery, and we learned how to stop enabling – that the results were far greater than we could have ever imagined.
– Nancy Infante, the mother of a person in long-term recovery