'Teen Mom' Star Jenelle Evans Chronicles Battle With Heroin In New Memoir

By Kelly Burch 06/15/17

The reality TV star writes that at one point in her addiction she injected heroin four to five times per day. 

Jenelle Evans

Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans became addicted to heroin soon after the first time she tried it, according to her new memoir. 

In Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom, Evans writes, “Before I knew it, I was shooting up four or five times a day. I was hooked,” according to an excerpt obtained by E! News.

Evans, who is now 25, was featured on the first season of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and later on Teen Mom. Fans watched as Evans struggled with substance use disorder and criminal charges, even losing custody of her son.

In her memoir, Evans highlights the pain and consequences from her addiction that viewers didn’t see on TV. "The first thing I lost to the drug was my family," she wrote. "I disowned my mother and siblings and friends, but the truth is no one wants to talk to you when they suspect you're a junkie."

When Evans lost custody of her son Jace, who was being raised at the time by Evans’ mother, her addiction worsened. 

"It hurt my heart, made me sick to my soul that I couldn't see my son. I filled that hateful void with more drugs," she wrote. "The drugs always made the pain go away. They didn't turn on me or betray me. I guess heroin was my first steady, dependable lover. It gave me what I needed to live and I gave it my life. By this entry, heroin was the only thing I had in my life that loved me." 

Eventually, Evans sought help in a New Jersey hospital, where she detoxed. When she was released, her mother helped her maintain her sobriety, despite their troubled relationship. 

"I ended up calling the last person in the world I expected to talk to, or expected would help me. My mother," Evans wrote. "For all of our problems, I owe her for what she did that day. I called her and told her what kind of trouble I was in, and how I needed help.”

In 2015, Evans told People that sobriety transformed her life. “My life has changed so much since I stopped doing drugs—my whole attitude has changed,” Evans said. “I’m more active in my children’s lives, and I want to be at every milestone and special event they have. Being there for them is more important to me than going partying or doing drugs.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.