This Bride Was Raised By Her Grandparents, But What She Did… Unthinkable.
Barry and Carole Martin thought that their granddaughter’s life was spiralling out of control. Gabi first tried heroin when she was only 16 years old. She admits she got involved in the wrong crowd as she always struggled fitting in while growing up.
Gabi started using marijuana and painkillers until she moved on to heroin through an IV. Barry and Carole had no idea what Gabi was up to until she was found on the street corner having overdosed after using. Barry is a 37-year police officer but admits he was blindsided. “I suspected she was probably onto something. I didn’t think heroin,” says Barry.
It was probably his experience as an officer that made Barry realize they needed to enforce tough love on Gabi specially after everything they tried to help her failed.
Barry and Carole raised Gabi. Yet despite all their love and support, they were helpless getting her the help she needed.
"I never thought sobriety or being completely sober was ever going to be a part of my life," says Gabi.
Carole and Barry signed Gabi up for a treatment program.
The treatment was not successful and Gabi went back to abusing drugs.
Gabi didn't feel like she needed to stop using drugs because of how it made her feel.
"The more I used, the more I felt better. The more I didn't have to think about things," explains Gaby.
Gabi dropped out of college and beauty school. Drugs were her life.
By this time, the 20-year-old gave away her grandparents car, destroyed an apartment, and was ripping off drug dealers. Her lifestyle was making her reckless. She had lost the ability to sense danger or measure her actions.
She hit her lowest point when she stole from her grandparents.
Gabi remembers going through withdrawal in the shower when she sat there for an hour in her grandparents home. She went to lay down afterwards on her aunt's bed.
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