In 2011, while Katrina was incarcerated pending sentencing for prescription fraud, possession, distribution and other charges related to her addiction, Katrina’s 20-year-old daughter began heavily abiding prescription pills. Within months, her beautiful and naive little girl was completely addicted and out of control. Katrina felt panicked and powerless as she was told that the child who was always terrified of needles, was now injecting herself with death regularly. Only a few days after she was advised of Kirstyn’s deteriorating condition, her child overdosed while her mother was trapped in jail, paralyzed by inexplicable grief, regret, and crippling hopelessness.Katrina shares how she seemed to overcome the death of her parents as a child in the California desert of the 70’s, child abuse, institutions and sexual assaults, to evolving to a responsible, loving, career parent earning a six-figure salary. Sadly, she had only buried the pain and shame of repeated abuse, as all it took was a few life incidents and a fall down the stairs of her home, to set off heartbreaking consequences and senseless tragedy.
Her powerful story was profiled in the FBI’s, “Chasing the Dragon” documentary. Released last year with a study guide, it will be used in schools and communities for years to come to help educate the public on the dangers of substance abuse, as well as the underlying factors that often lead to the full manifestation of the disorder.
Today, Katrina advocates for all suffering from substance abuse, their families and trauma survivors. The founder for “Recovered Purpose”, she has dedicated her life to serving others. She admits her dreams were lost to addiction and the death of her daughter but, her PURPOSE was found in recovery. She is driven to honor her daughter and leave a legacy of love to her son and his family. Katrina is proud of her son who serves our country enthusiastically in a branch of the military.
Recovered Purpose: http://recoveredpurpose.org
Chasing the Dragon: https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/newss-chasing-the-dragon-the-life-of-an-opiate-addict/view