Get help for loved ones with drug problems

My son, Christopher Brown, started out doing cocaine. Then one day on a dare he tried heroin. That’s all it took, one time and he was hooked. It changed his life and our family’s life forever. He lost his wife, his two sons and daughter, and came to live with us, “Mom and Dad,” for three years, which became the hardest time of our lives; no one should ever have to go through that.

We loved Chris. We got help for him three different times. At each place, they would only keep him for a month and he had to leave, which was not enough time for his heroin addiction. You’re talking about a human life here, and there should be places out there where victims of the system can stay longer and possibly be cured. Chris had two brothers who tried to talk to him, but they couldn’t help. The heroin now had taken over his mind, his body, his soul, and had become his point of confusion on life.

I went to work on a Thursday morning, Sept. 6, 2012, and I got a phone call to come right home.

This is hard for me to write, because it brings me back to this day, but I need people to know what this drug has done.

I got home and saw the ambulance parked, and I knew it was bad. I looked inside, and they were still working on my son, but I knew he was gone. My husband came home and he also knew. It was the worst thing that my husband and I ever had to go through. My son chose to end his life in our bathroom. This is something our family has to live with for the rest of our lives.

At Chris’ funeral, I had never realized how many people would show up who loved my son as a person. My husband and I went to counseling for a month, which did help.

The only consolation we have is that Chris is in a better place. He is no longer suffering, and God has made a good home for him. Some day, we’ll all be together again. I hope everyone has read this dedication to my son.

If you have a child or know of someone who is doing drugs, please get them help; and I will pray that you can change their life around.

This is for you, Chris.

ROBERT and BARB BROWN,

and the entire family of Christopher Brown

JOHNSTOWN