'Teen Mom' Star Jenelle Evans Gets Candid About Addiction

By David Konow 07/31/17

 “I quit cold turkey. I just went to my mom’s house and rode it out.”

Jenelle Evans

Last week, Jenelle Evans, star of MTV'sTeen Mom, released a new memoir in which she speaks openly about her battle with heroin addiction.

In Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom, Evans gets candid about battling heroin addiction, recovery and motherhood.

While promoting the book, the 25-year-old mother of three told Us Weekly that her rock bottom came in 2012 when she overdosed on heroin and woke up on the bathroom floor.

“I basically blacked out,” Evans said. “And woke up not remembering anything. I was appalled—I couldn’t believe that happened. I really was so close to dying.”

During her rock bottom, Evans wasn’t speaking to her mother, but she made the decision to call her, begging for help. “I quit cold turkey,” Evans continued. “I just went to my mom’s house and rode it out.” Evans was about to begin the process of withdrawal and she had no idea how difficult it would be physically and emotionally.

“It was like the worst flu I’ve ever had for seven days," she said. "First you have insomnia, then you can’t eat, then you have panic attacks, then hot and cold sweats for a week, uncontrollable shaking and your joints hurt. You can die from trying to withdraw on your own. I luckily did it safely. But I said to myself, 'I’m done. I can’t go through this again.'”

In the book, Evans confessed she was injecting heroin four to five times a day. She eventually lost custody of her son.

“The first thing I lost to the drug was my family,” she writes in the book. “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. 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. The drugs always made the pain go away.”

Evans tells Us Weekly that she is using her story to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic.

"I want to bring attention to how severe the heroin epidemic is. It’s horrible. It is like a disease and needs to be treated like it."

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.