Samantha Scoles/News Cassie Pelton, left, with her daughter Caylee, nears two years of sobriety after surviving years as a heroin addict. She is now “best friends” with her mother, Reida Frazee, who held tight to tough love until Pelton finally took treatment seriously. Pelton has rebuilt relationships with her two older children, Caden, left, and Cameron.

HOWARD — If you think you can’t dig a hole with a needle, just ask a heroin addict.

Cassie Pelton continues to crawl and scratch her way out of the hole she dug for herself — and her children — after she tried heroin to help calm a withdrawal from pain killers.

“Anytime people say it doesn’t hurt to try something once, I tell people they are full of it,” Pelton, 30, told the News. “If I had never tried [heroin], that one time, I don’t think my life would have went where it went. That one time was all it took. … I was addicted; I couldn’t quit.”

Addiction challenges mother’s love, trust

A mother’s love is unconditional, never-ending and unwavering. Her trust and her faith in her children, however, can be a different story.

Reida Frazee has been through all the emotions a mother can expect in raising a child — compassion, love, pride, elation and the list goes on. Being the parent of a heroin addict, however, brings out the darker side of emotion with feelings of betrayal, disgust, disappointment, bitterness and even fear.


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Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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