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Darla's was placed in a facility in New York and she had an altercation with one of the other clients in facility and her son was taken away from her and put into foster care and this was really devastating for her and she sort of spiraled into a bit of a depression and Mike who was in another facility in another state found his way to New York to be with her he just didn't want to leave her alone they really tried to stay clean and I do believe that they were clean for a while I know this because I went to visit them about a year later and they have gained a lot of weight Mike and people who are using heroin regularly don't eat and they become very very thin and it was obvious to me that they were living in a healthier way but they were still homeless and living on the street and every single night was a struggle particularly for Darla in Manhattan if you're a man and you're homeless it's much much easier for you to find a place to sleep than if you're a woman there are just so few facilities and so they would often sleep in parks and all this time they were fighting to get custody back of their son I want that second chance to be a mother you know I want to be that mother to him offer drugs you know not use it can't wait to get him back you know he's everything to me what happens if you don't get in that I will get him back I have faith I will get him back this family despite their challenges they wanted to provide a better life for their child than they did for their previous children and that little boy was their life but after a while they realized that they could not provide the kind of life that the baby needed and so they made the very very selfless decision to give their son up for adoption we prayed and we talked and I just made the decision it is the best place for him we just couldn't give him no home he deserves their son had been taken care of by a foster family that loved him a nice Christian family that that took such good care of him was giving him a beautiful life and allowed Mike and Darla to see him and I was really proud of them for doing it but I believe that's when she started using drugs again I'm not sure what kind of drugs but in February of 2011 I got a call a frantic call from Mike early in the morning it was a voicemail message saying Darla's dead Darla's dead I don't know what to do and by the time I reached him she had been gone for a few hours and he later told me that she was just so depressed they had lost the fight for their son that she she just didn't want to live anymore he believed that she overdosed because she didn't want to exist on the planet without her son she died Mike had had some outstanding Lawrence in the state of Ohio that he had not served and this was even before he appeared on The Oprah Show so pretty soon after Darla passed away he decided to turn himself in and was sent to prison and that's where he still is now I can't say definitively whether mike has had any relapses are not there was one time though when he was calling me and sounding very erratic and he was having a difficult time articulating what he was trying to say I don't know if he was using but he didn't sound normal it's really hard to hear someone who has had such a history of drug addiction relapse in anyway it's really really hard it's disappointing but by the same token I have no idea what it's like to walk in their shoes I know the boys are having a really hard time they are still really depressed and devastated about the loss of their mother and and without their father who's in prison it's just been really really challenging for them I don't know if they have started using again but imagine these two young boys who have been in this really challenging situation without their parents involved in their lives

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  1. If you are a drug addict and can support your habit WITH YOUR MONEY ;AM OK WITH IT. If not…you´ll become a thief and a murderer to get drugs…But the worst thing you´ll do the WORST CRIE IS TO GET PREGNANT if you are a drug addict or an alcoholic.I´ll pay for your contraception…No excuses,your body is yours…NOT hte life of an innocent baby…Who knows how they life in foster homes,PLUS they might become drug addicts. You deserve to go to jail for having kids while using drugs…Both of you!

  2. I will never understand drugs or addiction to anything. I have been around them my entire life and in my family. It is a CHOICE! I don't care what anyone says. We have all experienced horrible things in our lives. And there are MANY more that experience worse than we could ever imagine. Stop blaming others and accept accountable for your actions. If you're making excuses you will always find an excuse. And to addicts that have children, and I am a child of an addict, may you rot in your own waste and filth!

  3. ONLY HORRIBLE THING I WAS ADDICTED TO WAS SADLY CIGARETTES. STARTING AT 12. PICKING UP ENDS OF USED CIGARETTES OUT OF MY ADDICTED FATHERS ASHTRAY THATS WHEN I TRIED IT NOT ADDICTED YET IN MY TEENS I WASNT ADDICTED I SMOKED ON AND OFF. VARIOUS YEARS THEN AT 1998 AND 1999 HORRIBLEY SADLY ADDICTED… SADLY THEN END OF 99 NOT REALLY..I SMOKED HALF A PACK A DAY 1998 AT MY WORST YEAR OF ADDICTION THATS A LOT.

  4. WHAT ARE YOU ADDICTED TO? T.V? FOOD? MY RECLINER? YOU TUBE? CRISIS LINES? HEALTHY ADDICTIONS… ALL OF THE ABOVE FOR NOW…..

  5. SAD THERE ARE SOME DRUGS THAT CONTROL PEOPLES MINDS SO STRONG SO OVERPOWERING THAT A PERSON WILL DO THEFT ILLEGAL RISKY ACTIONS TO AFFORD THE OVERPOWERING URGE.. THEY ARE SO HORRIBLY ADDICTED..

  6. Im actually seeing this for the first time and it broke my heart in pieces. Actually it made my cry. It’s abvious that all they wanted was to get better for their son and offer him a home and it’s so sad to see that they lost the battle. And even that the mom took her life. And mike really truly seems to be a good man

  7. This why I am not against the capital punishment for drug dealers and smugglers. They ruin lives. May Darla rest in peace, and her family heal and prosper in the future.

  8. Oh boy, so very sad . I wouldn’t dare judge anybody who has or has had an addiction, must be devastating…. so much pain in their story but as sad as it was happy that the little boy is growing up in a nice home and may his mummy R.I.P x

  9. My aunt & uncle, my mom’s older brother & sister we’re both adopted. My mom told me, my late grandma would always tell her friends, “ it don’t matter how you raise them, that bloodline’s still gonna come out”.

  10. I hate to say this. But those 2 boys are already picking up their parents nasty habits. The one that got adopted. I’m sure the bloodline is gonna come out, but I hope he can fight it.

  11. I wish there was a way I can help because you can really see he is a great guy and he’s really trying and doesn’t want to give up. And he shouldn’t.

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