Mother shares story of sons’ heroin addiction

BOONE CO., Ind. (WISH) – A central Indiana mother is sharing her story, as she deals with her twin sons’ heroin addiction.

Sherry Perkins says she’s hoping to help other families, by explaining what her family has been through, in the past few years.

“I have twin boys. They’re 27 years old, and they’re heroin addicts,” said Sherry Perkins.

Perkins says both her sons are currently behind bars: Michael, is in the Boone County Jail, she says, on fraud charges. Matthew is serving a sentence at the New Castle Correctional Facility.

“I can’t remember the last time I had them both together. It’s been a long time,” Perkins said. “It’s been very devastating to the family.”

Perkins says it started a couple years ago, first with prescription medications, then it was heroin.

“I just don’t want them to die from this,” she said. “We almost lost Matthew three times, and it still didn’t stop him.”

“When you turn to drugs, it just destroys everything,” she said.

She says as a mom, it’s been a long road: a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

She’s watched both her sons get arrested: trying to get pills, or trying to get money for drugs.

“It got to the point where I had to hide everything: the keys to my car, my billfold, my checks. Whatever he could take to buy the drugs, he took,” she said.

Sherry has talked with Matthew about getting help once he gets out of prison. She says she’s working on herself, as well.

“I’m an enabler,” she explained. “I needed to be strong. I needed to be: tough love.”

She’s sharing, she says, to hopefully, share a message with others: they’re not alone.

“I just want to help other parents. There are moms out there who have groups, who can get together, and talk about it, and find help,” she said.

To parents, she says, “If you think that they are doing any kind of drugs, immediately get them help. Don’t procrastinate on that. If you even suspect it, take them in and have them tested. Get them help, because it just gets worse,” she said.

She’s staying strong, and hoping her sons will find the strength in them, as well, to fight the addiction.

“I want them back, the way they were. I really do. I want them back,” she said.

If you need help in dealing with someone who has an addiction, click here for more information. Help can also be found by visiting the Fairbanks website, Drugfree of Marion County’s website, and the Hebron Recovery for Men, which is run by the HW.

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