Katrina Henry could have been just another name added to the very long list of ordinary people who fell into the deceptive trap of addiction. In fact, although her personal story is her own, you could easily replace her name with another in this story, and it would read very similar to other stories of addiction.
But what makes Henry’s story unique and extraordinary is that she is alive to tell it.
An All-American Girl
“I’ve always been a ‘good kid,'” Henry said in an interview with WITI. “I don’t drink. I like to paint. I like to draw. I work out. I was a cheerleader throughout high school. I had an internship. I did research with my professor, and always had at least two jobs. I would have considered myself a very successful person.”
Unaware Of What Was To Come
Yet Henry’s journey was going to lead her to a horrible, awful place, where she would come to learn that addiction cares nothing about any of those things. No amount of money, no title, no social status or talent makes a person immune to addiction. But Henry didn’t know that yet.
Henry remembers very little about when she nearly died of an overdose in her car. “Nope, not at all,” Henry said. “There was no driving and I’m starting to get tired or anything. Everything was black. I don’t know how that happened.”
Caught On Camera
That day, she used, drove away in her car, and got in a car accident. Lucky for her, she didn’t have to work hard to remember the details or live without knowing, because it was captured on video—a video she says saved her life.
In the video, Henry is sitting in her car seat, neck tilted back as if she were looking at the sky, eyes closed, and mouth wide open—unconscious, and barely breathing.
Handcuffed To The Hospital Bed
It was March 21st at Hopkins and Glendale in Waukesha, Wisconsin, about twenty miles west of Milwaukee. Henry had smashed her vehicle into a parked car.
“They took me to the hospital, handcuffed me to the bed. I died. I overdosed and died,” Henry said.
Denial & Shame
Henry had always thought people like her didn’t become addicts. Addicts were other people. But then she realized what she had become.
“I felt so alone. Worthless. Almost hopeless. I felt like I was never going to get help now. Like, who’s going to help me now? It broke my spirit,” Henry said.
Her car accident was a complete blur, but how she first got hooked was as clear as day.
“I started using Percocets,” Henry explained. “A boyfriend of mine kind of got me into it. I didn’t really know what they were, and so I started doing them with him and then when I wouldn’t do them, all of a sudden I would get sick, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m addicted to these.'”
At first, she said, the pills helped cover up the pain she felt inside. “I’ve had a lot of bad things happen to me in my life, so it just kept building and building, and it was my only release. Or so I thought.”
Numbing the pain is code for self-medication. This temporary fix seems to free the user from the stresses and worries of what ails them, but it soon leads the user to full blown addiction, creating even worse problems.
“I just feel like such a loser. I thought that I was doing everything to be successful in life.”
Of course, Henry didn’t one day ask addiction to consume and control her life. Addiction chased her down, capitalized on her vulnerabilities, and threatened her life.
“I didn’t want to admit it. I was lying. I was like ‘I’m fine,'” Henry said. No, she was anything and everything except “fine.” She fell into a deep depression.
The video of Henry in the car with her head bent back, and then later waking up after she was injected with the drug Narcan, was posted on social media.
Near Death Experience
That fateful day in March, after snorting what she thought was cocaine but clearly was laced with something deadly, Henry came face-to-face with reality. Someone happened to record the incident, and had they not, it was quite possible that Henry would have gone right back into denial.
Having video proof of what she did not remember was the powerful breakthrough that started her on the path of recovering what she had lost and becoming a person who learned from her mistakes.
“I’m getting messages from people saying they wish I would have died. I think it was very cruel,” Henry said. “As ashamed that I am that I hit that woman’s car, I’m also glad. No one would have found me. I would have died there,” Henry said.
The Message For Others
The video gave Henry a second chance at life. Now, she has a life and a message she wants to share:
“You have no idea what’s in those drugs. It could be anything. Drug dealers don’t care what they’re selling you. They’re just trying to make money. They may not even know what it is. People my age, they just don’t think anything of using drugs. I’m not using that as an excuse, but it kind of, to me, normalized it — and I just want people to admit it and go get help. You don’t need to be ashamed of yourself.”
Henry is reportedly in therapy and getting treatment for drug addiction.
“I don’t feel hopeless and worthless anymore. I know I was brought back for a reason, and I’m going to live up to my full potential,” she said.
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Source: Wisconsin woman says viral video showing her overdosing saved her life from Fox59