A Mother And Son Whose Heroin Addiction Bonds Them

Erik, 32, was living with his mom when she found out he was using heroin. “At first she was very angry about it,” he says. “But I sensed that the anger was more curiosity.” So he asked her, “Are you so pissed because you want to try it?” 

He and his mom, Kathy, have been doing heroin together ever since. Watch their story in the video above.  

“I feel guilty about introducing heroin to my mother’s life,” admits Erik, who says his mom begs him for heroin as soon as she wakes up. “I hate everything about it. You wouldn’t want to introduce this to your worst enemy, let alone your mother.”

Erik, who spends upwards of $15,000 monthly on heroin for both of them, is confronted by Dr. Phil. 

“Who introduced your mother to heroin?” he asks. 


“Who gives it to her every day?”  


“Who’s her dealer?” 


Kathy, 58, says she snorts five or six lines daily. “I’m supposed to be the mother, there’s something wrong here,” she says. “How the hell did I get to this point?” 

Dr. Phil tells Kathy, who rationalizes that snorting heroin isn’t as egregious as shooting it up: “You’re a mother doing heroin with her son ... It’s ridiculous. It’s disgusting. You’re doing heroin with your child. That’s a ridiculous excuse for a parent.”   

Are mother and son ready to get clean? Watch Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil check local listings here.