|Updated: 2/14 6:41 pm
||Published: 2/14 3:46 pm
TULSA, Okla. - Heroin abuse is destroying the lives all types and demographics of people in Green Country.
One heroin addict shared her story with FOX23.
At first glance, 23-year-old Megan Crocker looks like she could be in college. She lives in a dorm with others her age, and she eats in a dining hall each day. College is where Crocker wants to be, but even before she graduated high school, her life took a dangerous and dramatic turn.
“When I did it, it gripped my soul and it's all I wanted to do,” she said.
Crocker is a recovering heroin addict at a Tulsa drug rehab facility called 12 & 12. As a teenager, she wanted to shed her innocent image, so she started taking prescription pills and then moved on to heroin.
This life was unexpected for someone like Crocker, a daughter of a Tulsa police major who grew up affluent in Sand Springs.
Doctors said it's dangerous to think drugs like heroin can't affect certain families.
“People think they are going to raise their kids right and they aren't going to have these problems,; that's crap. It's going to happen to 1 out of 4,” said Dr. William Yarborough, with 12 & 12.
A life on drugs also led Crocker to dangerous situations.
In 2009 she witnessed a home invasion and double homicide. Her best friend, Randy Rush, was shot and killed in front of her. But even this traumatic experience didn't turn her away from heroin; it made her use more.
At her lowest point, she was shooting up 10 times a day.
“You want that feeling, and that's that drive that you get to do it. Because that feeling is like no other; it's so addicting. It’s the most addicting drug I’ve ever done,” said Crocker.
An arrest for assault brought Crocker to rehab.
“I want to be happy again without having to be high, because that high only lasts for a little bit,” she said.
Recent heroin overdose deaths of high-profile actors, like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, shed light on the nationwide heroin problem. Crocker hopes to avoid a similar fate.
“That high is not worth what you will put your body through, what you will put your mind through, but it's really not worth what you'll put your loved ones through. They are the ones who pay the ultimate price because they have to watch you kill yourself ... it's not worth it,” she said.
So far, Crocker has been sober 40 days. Along with sobriety, another goal is to finally go to college-- a dream that had been by sidetracked by drugs.